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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.

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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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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... University. 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

While discussing philanthropy with Shelley (Anna Faris), Natalie (Emma Stone) mentions Jurassic Park (1993). Emma Stone's future co-star from The Help (2011), Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anna Faris' now ex-husband Chris Pratt starred in Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). See more »

Goofs

When Lilly goes to mail the bids, she sets her envelopes down on the counter. They disappear in the reverse shot briefly before Ashley comes and swipes them. See more »

Quotes

Natalie: [taking pictures of Harmony for their calendar] Keep doing that. Keep doing that. Make love to the camera.
[laughs]
Natalie: I saw that in Austin Powers.
Shelley: Yeah. Work it. Think, really sexy witch. Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
Harmony: A good witch.
Shelley: I think you're a bad witch.
Harmony: Oh!
Shelley: Oh! I bet the house that falls on you is gonna be a sexy house.
Natalie: Work it. Work it. You're like a supermodel, except more pregnant.
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Connections

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Think You Want It
Written by DJ Colette (as Colette Marino), Tim Kvasnosky and Tim Shumaker
Performed by DJ Colette (as Colette)
Courtesy of OM Records
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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:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Know What Boys Like See more »

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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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