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The House Bunny (2008)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 51
Rotten: 72

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

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 18

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


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 210,494


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, Rovi

PG-13 (for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Karen McCullah Lutz , Kirsten Smith
In Theaters:
Dec 19, 2008
Box Office:
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The House Bunny

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (72) | DVD (3)

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

It takes sexism to a new low, and it manages to attack women in the last place on earth where they continue to outperform men -- in universities.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Top Critic

[Faris] gives an A performance in the kind of farce from which she's more than ready to graduate.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Anna Faris plays dizzy dolls as expertly as Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. If Faris's movies fail that total commitment, she can hardly be blamed for taking the work.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The House Bunny gets the difference between being openhearted and empty-headed.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Top Critic

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

Not funny, not sexy, not even obnoxious enough to get anyone worked up, The House Bunny truly establishes a new low water mark for 2008 cinema.

Full Review… | December 14, 2008
Apollo Guide

The flatness of humor comes from the directing and timing, rather than necessarily the dialogue or actor skill. More than once I thought to myself, "That joke totally could have worked."

Full Review… | November 9, 2008

There's a sublimely goofy tone to this profoundly inept film that keeps us smiling from start to finish

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

With strong comic performances and some good laughs, The House Bunny is fluffy, forgettable fun, but it's no Legally Blonde.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008

This silly comedy has a few decent jokes in its otherwise dim screenplay. However, its parody is as toothless as Hefner probably is by now.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
This is London

One could be forgiven for thinking that the American college system is merely one big popularity contest. Certainly, no one does anything outrageous like read a book.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008

It is all so cheesy, The Sneak almost felt like not wanting to be a film critic anymore.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Sun Online

Every banality is trotted out right on cue, from the makeover montage to the awkward first date, to the usual hoary old moral about being true to yourself, making this one bunny due for the casserole pot.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Daily Mirror [UK]

Depressingly for a film written by two women, it's relentlessly sexist in its insistence that, in order to attract men, women must appear brainless and dress like a hooker.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Daily Mail [UK]

It is not a classic and it's not going to win any awards but it is great, simple, stupid fun - it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Heart 106.2

Fish-out-of-water formulaics are lifted by a starlet on the up. The story is pure bubblegum, but surrender to the silliness and you'll be endeared. A must for anyone who's been hanging on for Legally Blonde 3.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Total Film

Without Anna Faris - undoubtedly the best thing in Scary Movies - this would be just another superficial wheeze about the perils of superficiality.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Sky Movies

For all Faris's buoyancy, this is nowhere near as good as Legally Blonde, or all the other vaguely grrl-power teen movies it mimics.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Daily Telegraph

Less than awesome.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008

But there is a lunatic sense of adventure about Fred Wolf's saucy comedy, and it smothers all sorts of unforgiveable sins.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Times [UK]

This tale of a 'Playboy' bunny would be flopsy mopsy without Anna Faris.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008

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


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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Good to see Anna Faris in something else other than a Scary Movie for a change. Although there isn't a great difference in the type of role she plays here. Kicked out of the playboy mansion she decides to become a house mother to a sorority house of misfits, hoping to make them more popular. Nothing original here, but it is funny at times in a cheesy, feel good way. Good soundtrack to and Anna Faris looks hot in every scene!

Dean !

Super Reviewer

Saw this movie on TV. Laughed once at Emma Stone's awkward character, and that's all. Didn't expect much going in, didn't get much coming out.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

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 (20 months ago)
Shelley Darlington:
I know lots of old men - hairy and not-hairy. But I don't mean to brag.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months 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 (20 months ago)
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 (20 months ago)
Work it. Work it. You're like a supermodel, except more pregnant.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)
Mrs. Hagstrom:
[about the college] This is not a brothel.
Shelley Darlington:
Oh, I'm not looking to make soup.
– Submitted by Kelly E (20 months ago)

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