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The House Bunny (2008)

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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.

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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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Bodaciously Going Where No Bunny Has Gone Before... College. 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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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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Zeta sorority in the movie is based on the co-ed Zeta fraternity (which was women only until recently), at Occidental College, from which co-Writer Kirsten Smith graduated. See more »

Goofs

When the Phi Iota Mu girl stole the bids, Lilly can tell the leaders of the Panhellenic meeting that the girl stole them. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: I'm an expert at parties and boys! I'm a bunny! Men write to me from prison, sometimes even in their own blood, which I think is theirs, but I don't know, I'm really nervous because I really want to help.
Natalie: A-a bunny? You mean, like, centerfold?
Shelley: Oh, bless your heart, no, just a few pictorials, like "Girls from the Midwest" and "Girls with GEDs."
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Features It Happened One Night (1934) See more »

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Boys
Written by Ashlee Simpson, Chad Hugo, Kenna and James Washington (as Jim Beanz)
Performed by Ashlee Simpson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Cute and fun, but unfortunately doesn't stand out
26 August 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Ever since I saw the trailer for The House Bunny back in May, I was looking forward to seeing it, this looked like a fun comedy and we all love Anna Faris, this girl is just adorable, and she makes comedies a lot of fun. So I saw The House Bunny yesterday and I did enjoy myself, but we've done this before, the dumb blonde story, not that we can't do it again, I'm just looking for something a little fresh. But Anna Faris holds herself so well with comedies, The House Bunny, she doesn't seem to enjoy herself as much in this role. A lot of the moments where she acts stupid, she looks a little uncomfortable at times, I think that's why this movie didn't stand out as well as other dumb blonde comedies. But it's mindless entertainment, the message, it worries me a little, I'll explain why in a little bit, but I'd say if you're a grown up and you know better, than this is a fun little movie.

Shelley is a hot playboy bunny whose life is just grand, she's a sweetheart, a little on the slow side, but always has good intentions, and when it appears that Hugh Hefner wants her out of the house due to her age of 27, she must pack up her things and take off. She's homeless, but finds a local sorority that needs a house mother and a clue into a social life. She becomes their house mother and teaches them how to attract people, but she learns a little something too when she meets a sweet, smart, and sensitive guy, Oliver. Now things become a success with the sorority, but they become a little too shallow and Oliver wants more than a playboy bunny, he wants a girl to talk too, and to top that off the other sororities are upset to learn that the former losers are now hotties that everyone loves.

My one problem with this movie, even though it is enjoyable, the message isn't appropriate for young girls. I know it's just a movie, I don't want to nit pick, believe me, I know when a movie is harmless, but it's teaching young girls that you have to play yourself down to get a guy and that looks will get you everywhere at any time, also we are rooting for a person who just always has good intentions, why? That's all Shelley is, just a nice person, but she doesn't have many likable qualities. I liked the movie over all, I just think the script needed more work, nothing about this movie stood out, it's a disappointment to me. I would recommend it for silly fun, but otherwise, just wait for the rental.

6/10


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