When I see some previews, I feel like I don't want to see the movie. Sometimes I'll end up watching the movie later, usually when I find it on one of the movie channels I get. That is what happened with House Bunny.
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Shelley has been living in the Playboy Mansion for years and she adores her life. She has been in the magazine a few times and is hoping to get her first centerfold. The day after she turns twenty-seven, Shelley gets a note from Hugh Hefner telling her to leave the mansion. Her friend Marvin, who had to deliver the note, says it is because she is too old to stay. She leaves, not knowing what to do. She ends up becoming a house mother for a struggling sorority.
A few things about Shelley are shared during the first few minutes of House Bunny. She talks about her less than ideal childhood and how things changed for her when she got her figure as a teenager in a voice over. Some things tied to her life in the mansion are shared during those first few minutes as well, including her birthday party. Right after that, Shelley gets the note and is heading out on her own. The majority of what happens during the movie takes place after she becomes the house mother for the sorority. The plot is fairly simple even with one or two attempts to add complications.
Some scenes of House Bunny are set in and around the Playboy mansion. Hugh Hefner and the three women that were his girlfriends at the time the movie was made are also in a few scenes as themselves. A couple of scenes include other playmates, most of whom are dressed in skimpy outfits. Shelley talks about having done a few small pictorials for the magazine and how she is wanting to be chosen as a centerfold. Most of the time, she is barely dressed and at one point she is completely naked. Her breasts are blocked from view when she is shown from the front. Her bare behind is visible when she is shown from behind. After the sorority girls change how they are dressing, they end up showing off more skin as well. There are no sex scenes in the movie, but there are sexual discussions. Some things that happen are rather suggestive and borderline raunchy. The movie deserves the PG-13 rating and it isn't one for children to see.
Humor does turn up in some scenes of House Bunny. Shelley is clueless about almost everything and that does get her into a few humorous situations. She is out of place once she becomes the house mother, and several jokes are connected to that in some way. Several jokes are also made about the fact that the girls in the sorority are social outcasts and have no idea how to even talk to guys. I think that many of the jokes and attempts to add humor didn't work well. Too many things, especially about the girls in the sorority, are so exaggerated that they just aren't funny.
Shelley is basically a clueless dingbat drifting through her life before she is kicked out of the Playboy mansion. Her greatest ambition to become a centerfold and she has no idea what to do when she has to leave the mansion. She ends up at the sorority house and decides to help the girls try to get new pledges. She does seem to really want to help even though her methods could be considered questionable. Shelley really isn't a bad character, but she acts so stupid so often that she annoys me. Anna Faris is fine but nothing special in the part.
Natalie seems to be in charge of the struggling sorority and she is the one that makes the decision to have Shelley be their house mother. Natalie is intelligent, though she has trouble dealing with guys. Emma Stone is fine in the part. The other girls are rather flat and really just identified by one or two things, like Joanne wears a back brace and Harmony is pregnant. None of them really stand out and I didn't think they were that interesting. Oliver is a nice guy that Shelley is interested in. Colin Hanks doesn't have a lot to do with the part.
Kat Dennings - Mona
Anna Faris - Shelley
Colin Hanks - Oliver
Hugh Hefner - Himself
Katherine McPhee - Harmony
Emma Stone - Natalie
Rumor Willis - Joanne
Fred Wolf - Director
I watched House Bunny when it was on one of the Encore movie channels. I have seen the DVD in stores, but I have no idea what sort of extras are included on it. I'm not sure if it is also on Blu-ray.
House Bunny has a mostly entertaining idea for the plot that fails to ultimately work. The plot is weak, the character development is mostly nonexistent, and the main character is annoying. I don't think the movie is horrible, but it isn't that great either. People that like Anna Faris may find more to like about the movie.
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