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
PG-13 (for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language)
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Anna Faris
as Shelley Darlingson
Colin Hanks
as Oliver
Emma Stone
as Natalie
Beverly D'Angelo
as Mrs. Hagstrom
Rumer Willis
as Joanne
Owen Benjamin
as Marvin
Christopher McDonald
as Dean Simmons
Hugh Hefner
as Himself
Monet Mazur
as Cassandra
Rachel Specter
as Courtney
Dana Min Goodman
as Carrie Mae
Holly Madison
as Herself
Sarah Wright
as Ashley
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Critic Reviews for The House Bunny

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (29)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Top Critic

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 9, 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

Audience Reviews for The House Bunny


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

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
Kevin M. Williams

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 King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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