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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

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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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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Trivia

The trailer features some footage with a valet (played by Valente Rodriguez) telling Shelley that she needs to get a job, which was cut from the final film. See more »

Goofs

In the long shot after Shelley blows out the candle on her cake at the Mansion birthday party, the candle is obviously much longer and still lit. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: [while reading a letter] Dear Shelley. Oh my gosh, that's me! Wait there's more!
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Connections

Referenced in America's Book of Secrets: The Playboy Mansion (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hollywood's On Fire
Written and Performed by Sidh Solanki
Courtesy of Soul & Key Songs
By Arrangement with Coda Music
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An uneven comedy, but watchable
26 October 2008 | by kevin_crightonSee all my reviews

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.


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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, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$48,237,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,439,696
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2.35 : 1
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