Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language.
Directed By: Fred Wolf
Written By: Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Staring: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Hugh Hefner, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D’Angelo, and Katharine McPhee
I’m an expert at parties and boys! I’m a bunny! Men write to me from prison, sometimes even in their own blood, which I think is theirs, but I don’t know, I’m really nervous because I really want to help. -Shelley
I think it’s pretty clear what you’re getting into when you see the title and the poster for this film, and anyone who expects more is asking for it. I planned on a lot of rolling of the eyes and a sense of annoyance, but was surprised that there was less annoying and a lot more funny. I can’t say the male audience will get much more than eye candy out of this movie, but the eye candy could be well worth sitting through this “chick flick” with a date.
The premise pretty much says it all. A playboy Bunny comes of age and is asked to leave the paradise of the mansion only to be thrown into the world of reality where being a “Bunny” doesn’t mean much. Faris plays Shelley, the bunny exiled by playboy. Lost and confused she finds refuge in a sorority house of misfits girls. Becoming their “house mother” she shows them the liberation of makeup, push-up bras, and bright sleazy clothing. Dumbed down and ready to meet the opposite sex, Shelley helps the girls on their road to becoming bimbos, but at least they have style.
I actually enjoy Anna Faris and think she has a real talent for comedy that you don’t see in women as often as men. Without her in this role this movie could have been a complete dud, but everything that was good about it was pretty much based onFaris’s comic timing. She took six weeks before shooting to get into “Bunny” shape and was 100% successful in her efforts. Outrageously skinny but still having curvesFaris fit the look of a typical Bunny. She slipped into the airhead role without mocking it too shamelessly, but giving her character as much depth as she possibly could.
In some ways this felt like a poor mans version of Legally Blonde. There was an overwhelming amount of pink and a college campus and the ditsy girl learning to be beautiful and smart. Most of the laughs were predictable and the relationship arcs obvious, but it had it’s own charm that made it something above tolerable, and even occasionally enjoyable. The best scenes had to do withFaris essentially making fun of herself, while the worst moments had to do with the girl “bonding” moments, and the makeovers, but that was to be expected.
House Bunny is what it is. A silly movie that rarely makes any point or sense that has an array of good and bad jokes, but has loads of eye candy for male viewing pleasure. It’s not a bad movie to pass the afternoon. It would have been considerably more satisfying if not for the last fifteen minutes, but it was above par for it’s subject matter and stereotyping anyway. If you don’t expect too much this is not a bad movie.