The House Bunny


The House Bunny (2008)


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


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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

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Critic Reviews for The House Bunny

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Dec 17, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 10, 2008 | Rating: 3/6
Time Out
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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.

Sep 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Aug 28, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Aug 22, 2008

The criminal waste of Faris' comedic gifts should have half of Hollywood locked up.

Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The House Bunny

It doesn't really matter that Anna Faris is such a great and hilarious actress when she has to deliver unfunny lines in an unfunny comedy that usually goes for the most pedestrian jokes that you can think of and is entirely formulaic and predictable from beginning to end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Alice Shen

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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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
John Manard

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