Rated: PG-13 sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language Reviewed by: Nina Release date: August 21, 2008 Released by: Sony Pictures
I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from this movie with a title like The House Bunny - what could it possibly be about? Some PG-rated version of an R-rated subject, Playboy Bunnies, Playboy Mansion, Hugh Heffner, women around the pool in bikinis, parties, skimpy clothes – okay, so they had that, too - but I have to admit I was surprised that it was an entertaining enough story without being over the top. There was some corniness and some adult-themed jokes but for the most part it was a cute little movie.
Anna Faris is Shelly, totally likeable in a “ditzy, how is she possibly getting through her life” kinda way and you cheered for her when she undertakes the triple d-cup task of whipping a nerdy group of sorority girls into shape. They are in danger of loosing their “house” if they don’t get new pledges and Shelly methods to help them prove to be funny and good hearted if not a little old fashioned.
The movie comes together nicely, there is a plot to get her out of the Playboy Mansion, hatched by an evil bunny, some mean, rival sorority sisters trying to take their house away and a nice man trying to catch her attention, all of these things come together neatly but predictably. There are good performances by Emma Stone as the leader of the Zetas, Rumer Willis as the shy girl who breaks out of her “brace” and Colin Hanks as the sensible guy matched up to the Bunny with a heart.
There are silly stunts, some language and far too many close ups of bunny attributes but this movie about misfits making good is fun and light - it won’t tax your brain and it might make you laugh. It would be a nice treat for a rainy day movie, and worth a small popcorn or some nachos!
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