Movie Review: The House Bunny (2008)

Synopsis: Believing she has been kicked out of the Playboy mansion, now-homeless Shelley convinces a failing sorority to hire her as a house mother. Her first task is to help the socially awkward sorority members become popular so they can bring in enough pledges to save their house.

Who's in it? The movie stars Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Beverly D'Angelo and Kat Dennings.

Review: I came across this film on one of our movie channels this evening and, since it had been a while since I've seen it, I decided to watch it again.

This is a surprisingly unique movie in that it is the type of film I probably wouldn't normally enjoy. The movie has a plot that is similar to many other films I've seen (and haven't liked all that much). Basically, it's about a bunch of socially awkward girls who become popular because they have a makeover then ultimately realize looks aren't the most important thing.

The sole reason this movie is memorable, in my opinion, is Faris in the title role. There are times when she really carries the film. Yes, her character, Shelley, is very similar to other characters I've seen her play (especially in the Scary Movie franchise). But, it still manages to work.

One thing, in particular, I liked about Shelley in this movie was the way she would seem unintelligent by using a word out of context only to reveal she had a reason for using the particular word. It made her much more interesting because, in addition to being good looking and friendly, it really makes you wonder what kind of person she would have been had she gotten a better education.

Final Opinion: As I said before, there isn't much about this movie that hasn't been done before. But, largely because of Faris, it still manages to be entertaining. If you've never seen it before, it's worth watching at least once.

My Grade: B


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