The House Bunny

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Overview

When Playboy playmate Shelley Anna Faris is unceremoniously evicted from Hugh Hefner's lavish mansion in order to make room for some younger beauties, her quest for employment finds her serving as den mother to an unpopular L.A. sorority in this Happy Madison production directed by Fred Wolf. Colin Hanks, Rumer Willis, Katharine McPhee, Monet Mazur, and Beverly D'Angelo co-star.
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Overview

When Playboy playmate Shelley Anna Faris is unceremoniously evicted from Hugh Hefner's lavish mansion in order to make room for some younger beauties, her quest for employment finds her serving as den mother to an unpopular L.A. sorority in this Happy Madison production directed by Fred Wolf. Colin Hanks, Rumer Willis, Katharine McPhee, Monet Mazur, and Beverly D'Angelo co-star.
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; "The Girls Upstairs" Behind the scenes with the real "Girls Next Door" on set; ; "Look Who Dropped By" Check out the stars who showed up on set!; ; "Ana Faris: House Mom" A look at Ana Faris and her character "Shelley"; ; "I Know What Boys Like" Music Video by Katharine McPhee
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Editorial Reviews

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Awesome, raucous, and totally hilarious, The House Bunny breaks brave new ground by being completely typical. Allow me to explain. Hollywood is just about full to the brim with heavyweight comedians who mostly make their careers on vehicle movies written just for them to show up and work their schtick. Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Jack Black -- these funnymen have brought such a sense of commonality to comedy that they're collectively known as the Frat Pack. That name probably originated with the 2003 hit Old School, but there's a much more obvious fraternal element with this collective: they're all dudes. You don't see many ladies showing up routinely to play for the big laughs -- sometimes fate shines and we get Amy Poehler in a funny supporting role, but most of the time all we get is some romcom veteran gal playing straight to the boys' wacky hijinks, and maybe providing an old-fashioned screwball romantic foil if we're really lucky. It's not often that a chick holds down the whole central premise of the movie with her mighty and irreproachable comedic chops in the same format as Ferrell in Anchorman or Black in School of Rock, but that's just what the always-hilarious Anna Faris does here. Her performance as Shelley, a despondent former Playboy Bunny-turned-geek-sorority house mother does the classic role of the cheeky dumb blonde one better -- or more like ten better. The woman just has killer timing, and an innate comedic talent that makes Reese Witherspoon's turn in Legally Blonde look like just another girly actress keeping safe within the confines of cuteness. Despite playing a toned and tanned pinup, Faris tackles the jokes with such balls-out fearlessness that she leaves no doubt she is not playing for the powder-puff league. And Faris isn't the only good thing about House Bunny; up-and-comer Emma Stone does an impressive job of playing a prototypical nerd girl, especially after appearing so convincingly as the ultra-cool sarcasm queen in Superbad. Christopher McDonald and Beverly D'Angelo also provide a few glimpses of extremely entertaining silliness as university administrators. But the movie does have its limitations. This isn't a genius script, and when the rest of the cast of sorority sisters are required to carry a scene, they can be a little flat. The movie also tries to shoehorn in a weird and pointless girl-power message that includes a very awkward music video presented over the closing credits. And, of course, this being a movie about sorority girls instead of fraternity guys, the story belies all the unapologetic goofiness of its genre by making the plot all about the pursuit of getting flowers -- rather than the pursuit of getting laid. But with all that it already is, we can't ask The House Bunny to be everything. All it really has to be is funny, and it passes that test with flying colors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/2008
  • UPC: 043396281523
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,893

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anna Faris Shelley Darlington
Colin Hanks Oliver
Emma Stone Natalie
Kat Dennings Mona
Katharine McPhee Harmony
Rumer Willis Joanne
Tyson Ritter Colby
Christopher McDonald Dean Simmons
Beverly D'Angelo Mrs. Hagstrom
Hugh Hefner Himself
Holly Madison Herself
Kimberly Makkouk Tanya
Monet Mazur Cassandra
Owen Benjamin Marvin
Dana Min Goodman Carrie Mae
Bridget Marquardt Herself
Rachel Specter Courtney
Kendra Wilkinson Herself
Kiely Williams Lilly
Sarah Wright Ashley
Technical Credits
Fred Wolf Director
Deb Adair Sound/Sound Designer
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill W. Benton Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Burns Co-producer
Debra Chiate Editor
John Chichester Art Director
Allen Covert Producer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Anna Faris Executive Producer
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Debra James Co-producer
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Lisa London Casting
Karen McCullah Lutz Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Mona May Costumes/Costume Designer
Heather Parry Producer
Richard Rosenzweig Co-producer
Adam Sandler Producer
Kirsten Smith Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Catherine Stroud Casting
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Waddy Wachtel Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this was a really cute movie. Shelly is so insightful to the world and its funny to see how she handles these situations. i like how she helped these girls through the conflict in this story. This movie is so worth the money! Its just totally adorable(:

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WOW I LIKED IT!

    THIS WAS A REAL GOOD MOVIE SHE WAS MS. NOVEMBER BUT GOT KICKED OUT THE PLAYBOY BUNNY PALACE CAUSE SHE WAS 27 BUT SHE MET UP WITH SOME SORITORY GIRLS AND LIVED WITH THEM THEY GOT MAKEOVERS AND NOW THERE BABES THE CRITICS ARE SO WRONG THIS MOVIE IS SO COOL! I NOW HAVE THE DVD! AND IM HAPPY TO HAVE IT I LOVE YOU ANNA FARIS! YOU RULE!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Just might drop your IQ

    I had heard The House Bunny was a really funny movie, a real gem. I shouldn't have listened...<BR/><BR/>You follow Shelly, a Playboy Bunny who's been kicked out of the mansion. With nowhere to go and no streets smarts (or any smarts at all), she stumbles upon the Zeta house, a sorority house that is on the verge of losing everything. Guys don't like them and they have no pledges. Here comes the House Bunny to the rescue!<BR/><BR/>Anyways...there is no humor in this movie. It relies on "humor" that's flat out stupid which will more than likely just make you roll your eyes. I would say the worst moment has to be the "Forest Gump" moment, but you'll see that for yourself. There are many parts that are just cliche, seen a million times. Not to mention Shelly is your typical stupid blonde girl that you see all the time in movies...she has less knowledge of the world and how things work than a five year old.<BR/><BR/>The script...well...is just as stupid. Of course, it has to be if it wants to try to play off the humor. The characters are annoying. Between Shelly to the "wannabe rebel" to the very masculine girl...they'll all drive you to your nerves' ends. <BR/><BR/>The only decent thing was the songs they used in the movie, most of them being some of the popular ones you hear on the radio, such as Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend."<BR/><BR/>Overall? Pass on this one. By the ending scene, I felt like I was slowly dying, waiting for it to end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Some will tear this movie apart but all it is an entertaining movie full of laughs because it is silly. It doesn't pretend to do anything else which is more than most out there.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

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    I was visiting with family members in Illinois this past week

    I was visiting with family members in Illinois this past week and one of my younger sisters organized a happy movie night. For some reason, I was drawn to choose “ The House Bunny” from her collection and I am glad that I did. Anna Faris as the former playboy bunny turned “house mother” and Emma Stone as a “socially progressing sorority sister” contribute to each other’s growth during the plot of the movie. Hugh Hefner, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson, and Bridget Marquardt also appear in “The House Bunny.” “ The House Bunny” is good for those who like comedy films.

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