Okay, so The House Bunny is not the most dramatic or classiest movie out there, but it is lots of fun, and maybe even a little empowering. Shelley Darlingson (Anna Faris) started life as an orphan, had an awkward childhood, until she hit her teens, then suddenly, she blossomed into every man’s fantasy, beautiful, blonde, and vapid. She left Florida to live out her dream in Beverly Hills as a Playboy Bunny. So, now she has a sweet life living at the home of most every man’s dream, and the magazine foots the bill for everything she wants. She wants to be a Playmate centerfold, and feels when she reaches that goal, she’ll be at the top of her game. Fate, and a hateful Bunny, Cassandra (Monet Mazur), have other plans for her.
She has an amazing birthday bash, and even Shaq shows up. This is Shelly’s twenty-seventh birthday, and she just knows that her wish to be Miss November will come true. Her friend, Marvin (Owen Benjamin), a bartender at the mansion, brings her breakfast in bed the next day, along with a hangover cure, but once she reads the letter from Hef, supposedly, the hangover is gone, and so is her home and her dream. She packs up and sets back out in her rusty old car that creaks so loud it causes rovalerts, and has a misunderstanding with the law, which many of the prostitutes in the lock-up find to be quite entertaining. The next day, she is sitting on the curb outside of the courthouse, trying to figure out a new direction for her life, when she sees three young women walk by as they talk about parties and their social lives. She follows them around the corner, and soon finds herself on Greek row at a local college, and sees the sorority houses as “mini-mansions”. She approaches cleanest, most opulent house, and asks one of the students if she could live there. She is rejected because she is not a student, never mind that the girls in this house are from the preppy-polo-pony crowd, and could care less about Playboy Bunnies. Shelly sees some older women in the house, obviously not students, and learns that they are the sorority house mothers. She asks for a job as a house mother, but is rejected again, until one of the women tells her that there is a opening at the Zeta Alpha Zeta house.
The Zetas are a very small house with only seven members, and their personalities range from primitive to geeky to pure rage. The house is lead by Natalie, a spunky, but nerdy girl with lots of good ideas, but a very innocent view of the world. Shelly meets Natalie (Emma Stone), and thinks that Shelly might be what the girls need to help them get the thirty pledges they need to keep their house and charter. She hires Shelly to be their house mother, and through many hilarious trials, the girls find they are not the losers everyone sees them to be, and the ugly ducklings become swans of their own design. Shelly finds love once again with a man, Oliver (Colin Hanks), whom is unlike any other man she has met, as he runs the social program at a local nursing home. Shelly uses all her wiles to impress Oliver, but fails. Oliver is not impressed by daring sexual advances, but wants to learn more about the women he dates before getting physical. Now, not only does Shelly have the challenge of helping the girls raise money and get thirty pledges to keep the house going, but she needs to find a new way to keep her new man, too.
This is a fun movie, and a great time to be had with the girls on a chick-flick night. It does not take itself too seriously, being billed as a comedy, but it has lots of fun scenes and some great music, and a fun theme party I sure wish I had been invited to. With the talents of Kat Denning, Beverly D’Angelo, and even Hugh M. Hefner, this movie is a great way to kick back for an evening and have some good laughs.
I give this film a Musing review of