The House Bunny

The House Bunny
The House Bunny
  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2008
Rotten43%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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Shelley is living a carefree life until a rival gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. With nowhere to go, fate delivers her to the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class, the seven socially clueless women will lose their house to the scheming girls of Phi Iota Mu. In order to accomplish their goal, they need Shelley to teach them the ways of makeup and men; at the same time, Shelley needs some of what the Zetas have - a sense of individuality. The combination leads all the girls to learn how to stop pretending and start being themselves.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten43%
Critics Consensus: Anna Faris is game, but she can't salvage this middling, formulaic comedy.
Reviews
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Fresh

March 3, 2019
Film.com
Christine Champ
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Rotten

The result isn't very funny, and its sexual politics are as muddled as you'd expect, but Faris is...

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

This silly comedy has a few decent jokes in its otherwise dim screenplay. However, its parody is a...

March 3, 2019
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

Less than awesome.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Some laughs, but an iffy message for girls.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this fluffy college-set comedy is supposedly about why it's important to be yourself, it has some iffy messages for the tween and young teen girls who are most likely to want to see it -- chiefly, that women need to doll themselves up to attract the opposite sex. Since main character Shelley is a Playboy bunny, sex in general is a main theme of the movie, even though the only "action" is a couple of kisses. There are constant references to Playboy: The mansion, the magazine, and Hugh Hefner himself all play central roles in the plot. Scenes set in the mansion include scads of barely dressed bunnies wearing revealing lingerie or tiny bikinis, and Shelley does the same even after she leaves (in one scene, the entire length of her nude body is visible from the back). Characters also discuss sex and virginity. One sorority sister is pregnant, but her pregnancy is used like a prop instead of taken seriously. Language includes one "f--k" and many uses of "bitch," and characters drink frequently (though generally not to excess) at both the mansion and college parties.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 22, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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