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The House Bunny (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 August 2008 (USA)
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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:

Fred Wolf
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Faris ... Shelley Darlingson
Colin Hanks ... Oliver
Emma Stone ... Natalie
Kat Dennings ... Mona
Hugh Hefner ... Hugh Hefner
Christopher McDonald ... Dean Simmons
Beverly D'Angelo ... Mrs. Hagstrom
Katharine McPhee ... Harmony
Rumer Willis ... Joanne
Kiely Williams ... Lilly
Dana Goodman Dana Goodman ... Carrie Mae
Kimberly Makkouk Kimberly Makkouk ... Tanya
Monet Mazur ... Cassandra
Tyson Ritter ... Colby
Sarah Wright ... Ashley
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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>

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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 »

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MySpace.com | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Know What Boys Like See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,533,702, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,237,389, 12 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,442,940, 22 March 2009
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Lily (Kiely Williams) is going to mail out the invitation envelopes to future Zeta members, the boy that distracts her says his name is Cole Trickle, which is the name of the character played by Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Shelly gets out of jail and is sitting on the curb doing her make-up some college girls walk by discussing a party. The girls are walking behind Shelly and towards camera right. When Shelly spies on them through her make-up mirror, the girls are walking towards the right of the mirror when they should be walking towards the left. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: [puts on Natalie's glasses] God, you need to go to the eye doctor!
Natalie: I did. That's where I got my glasses.
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Featured in The Girls Next Door: House Bunnies (2008) See more »

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Sour Cherry
Written by Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince
Performed by The Kills
Courtesy of Domino Recording Company, LLC
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This Bunny is funny and will please fans of light, silly comedy and romance
21 August 2008 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Shelley (Anna Faris) was abandoned as a baby on someone's doorstep long ago. As she relates, no one was interested in getting her back although they did request that the basket be returned! Shuttled from one orphanage to another, Shelley eventually found a "family" when her womanish figure came into fruition. That's right, Shelley resided in the Playboy mansion and found happiness with Hef and the other gal pal housemates. However, one day Shelley receives word that Hef has given her two hours to move out of the mansion. A fellow worker at the residence suggests that, perhaps, she is getting too old to be a bunny. After all, didn't she just turn 27? And, isn't that like 59 in "bunny years"? So, off Shelley goes, hurt and scared. After a day on her own, she stumbles onto a nearby college campus and learns that she could possibly find a job, a home, and a salary by becoming a sorority "mother" to a group of misfit sisters. These gals, the Zetas, have seen their numbers shrink, mostly because they are all shy and a bit unconventional (among them, Katharine McPhee and Rumer Willis). The college has already told them that if they don't find new members, the Zeta house will be shut down. It is going to be Shelley's biggest challenge to turn the sorority into an attractive place for the new students. Can she do it? Perhaps, Shelly could ask for the help and advice of a nursing home director, Oliver (Colin Hanks), a nice man she met in a park? After a brief, blase beginning, this film packs a good punch of light comedy and romance. Part of the credit should go to the very nice cast. Faris is wonderful in her role as the dimwitted bunny who has more than enough smarts to learn a few new tricks and Hanks, in a smaller role, is quite nice as the love interest. The Zeta girls themselves, especially Rumer Willis and Emma Stone, are a delightful bunch of offbeat creatures that learn some lessons themselves. The rest of the cast, including Christopher McDonald and Beverly D'Angelo, is good, also. The costumes, naturally, are very fine, as this is a gal-dominated movie and clothes are especially important. But, the sunny sets, cinematography, screenplay, and direction are up to snuff as well. No, it's not Willie Shakespeare but the flick is definitely a good diversion from the everyday blues. It's a likely bet that you will find this "Bunny" to be quite funny indeed.


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