5.5/10
67,680
127 user 127 critic

The House Bunny (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 August 2008 (USA)
After Playboy bunny Shelley is kicked out of the playboy mansion, she finds a job as the house mother for a sorority full of socially awkward girls.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
1,409 ( 386)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.

Director: Mark Mylod
Stars: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor
The Hot Chick (2002)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An attractive and popular teenager who is mean-spirited toward others finds herself in the body of an older man, and must find a way to get back to her original body.

Director: Tom Brady
Stars: Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris
She's the Man (2006)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush
Sydney White (2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the greek system.

Director: Joe Nussbaum
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long
Easy A (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Director: Will Gluck
Stars: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Himself (as Hugh Hefner)
...
...
...
...
...
Dana Goodman ...
Kimberly Makkouk ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Finding family. Shelley Darlingson was raised in an orphanage, finally happy when she blossoms into a fox and moves into the Playboy Mansion. Unfortunately, she's summarily expelled on her 27th birthday(she's now too old). In desperation she takes a job as house mother for a sorority of misfits losing their house for lack of members. They have but a few months to find 30 pledges, or a sorority of mean girls will take over their place. Shelley figures that girls will pledge a house that boys find interesting, so she sets out to make the Zetas alluring, not act too smart, and host great parties. Can she succeed, and what about her own makeover? Sabotage is everywhere, plus it's hard to be one's self. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Brains. Beauty. Bravery. These girls got it all... They just don't know it yet. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Know What Boys Like  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,533,702 (USA) (22 August 2008)

Gross:

$48,237,389 (USA) (10 October 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Natalie makes a reference to Austin Powers. Monet Mazur who plays Cassandra appeared in the first Austin Powers movie as a model. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot of the movie, Shelley is walking beside the swimming pool of the Playboy Mansion. She walks past two Playmates having a conversation while standing at the edge of the pool, Hiromi Oshima, wearing yellow shorts, and Sara Jean Underwood. Shelley then hugs Playmate Lauren Michelle Hill who is standing next to lounge chairs. When Shelley turns around to yell over to Hugh Hefner and the Girls Next Door, who are sitting at the bar. Hiromi, now wearing white bikini bottoms, and Lauren are standing blowing bubbles behind Hefner and the Girls Next Door. Then Shelley turns around to walk down some stairs next to the pool. Hiromi, with the yellow shorts back on, and Sara Jean are following Shelley several feet behind her while Lauren is standing in the background next to the lounge chairs. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: I don't think he likes me. He didn't fall for any of my tricks.
Natalie: That's impossible. Your tricks always work.
Shelley: I did sexy. I did other guys want me. I worked every angle in the book but, I don't know, he just stared.
Natalie: What if Oliver is one of those guys who wants to have, like, a conversation with a girl before he hooks up with her.
Shelley: He's gay?
See more »

Connections

Features It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want Candy
Written by Bert Berns, Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer
Performed by Bow Wow Wow
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An uneven comedy, but watchable

Shelley lives at the playboy mansion, and dreams of being a Playboy centerfold. The day after her birthday, she receives a letter telling her she has to move out. Ending up at the Zeta sorority house, a house in desperate need of pledges and money to stay open, she helps the girls, all outcasts at college to become sexier to get what they need, while they help her with a guy she has a crush on.....

The House Bunny shouldn't work. It's got a mixed message, suggesting that girls need to use their sexiness to get what they need, while at the same time saying being yourself, with some confidence, and you can get the same. So in that sense I don't think it completely works.

However, it is very funny in places. Anna Faris is showing herself to be a very funny actress, and keeps the humour coming through-out. Hers is the best performance here. The actress's who play the girls in the house are all different, but give good performances too, with the possible exception of Emma Stone as Natalie, the girl in charge of the house. It's not that she's a bad actress. I saw her recently in The Rocker and she was very good there. It's just that here, she seems to be trying too hard to portray the 'nerd' side of her character. It's not a bad performance, just a little uneven.

The script has some good one-liners in it, and director Fred Wolf keeps things moving at a brisk pace. It's not the funniest teen comedy I've seen, but it has enough moments to keep you smiling, and for it's running time is an enjoyable movie.


25 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page