The House Bunny (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The House Bunny (2008)



Critic Consensus: Anna Faris is game, but she can't salvage this middling, formulaic comedy.

Movie Info

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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2008
Box Office: $48.2M
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site


Anna Faris
as Shelley Darlingson
Emma Stone
as Natalie
Beverly D'Angelo
as Mrs. Hagstrom
Monet Mazur
as Cassandra
Hugh Hefner
as Himself
Dana Min Goodman
as Carrie Mae
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Critic Reviews for The House Bunny

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (30)

The result isn't very funny, and its sexual politics are as muddled as you'd expect, but Faris is sweet and likable as the sort of wise dumbbell Judy Holliday used to play.

Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This aims for 'Legally Blonde'/'Mean Girls' status, but ends up being a throwaway, if entertaining, plea for casting directors to start taking Faris more seriously.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This is completely and utterly Faris' film.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

An utterly predictable and formulaic comedy given a huge kick in the keester courtesy of its effervescent star.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Shared Darkness's hard to deny the effectiveness of Anna Faris' energetically go-for-broke performance...

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Why the film works: Anna. Faris.

Full Review… | January 6, 2009

Audience Reviews for The House Bunny

You know i was completely surprised at the giggles I had watching this movie. While not great it was fun in a strange strange way.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Surprisingly sweet and funny. An exiled Playboy bunny finds refuge as a sorority housemother and teaches a ragtag group of girls how to be popular...with mixed results. I wasn't charmed by Anna Faris's dumb blonde routine at first, but she eventually infuses Shelley with strength and depth. Emma Stone is hilariously unhip as the president of the struggling sorority, and Colin Hanks plays an adorable straight man to Shelley's daffy antics at impressing a man of substance and not just a Playboy.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Anna Faris leads a pack of female outcasts in a revolution against the usual college and social hierarchy types who don't like nonconformity from their wimmen critters. Her surprise rebuttal? Total capitulation, which means all the "ugly" women get perms. So , if there's no real surprises here, we're left with a charisma package and, as such, its not bad.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The House Bunny Quotes

Shelley Darlington: That's it. Oh my gosh. We have to have an Aztec party. We always wanted to have one at the mansion but we could never find a virgin to sacrifice.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)
Shelley Darlington: I know lots of old men - hairy and not-hairy. But I don't mean to brag.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)
Carrie Mae: Do you guys know where the crapper is? I have to do a *very mysterious* thing in there...
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)
Natalie: What if Oliver is one of those guys who wants to have, like, a conversation with a girl before he hooks up with her.
Shelley Darlington: He's gay?
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)

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