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The House Bunny

comedy


From producer Adam Sandler comes this hilarious new teen comedy. A former pin-up girl, signs up to be the new house mother at UCLA's nerdiest sorority.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    42%
  • Audience Score
    51%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5

Some laughs, but an iffy message for girls.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this fluffy college-set comedy is supposedly about why it's important to be yourself, it has some iffy messages for the tween and young teen girls who are most likely to want to see it -- chiefly, that women need to doll themselves up to attract the opposite sex. Since main character Shelley is a Playboy bunny, sex in general is a main theme of the movie, even though the only "action" is a couple of kisses. There are constant references to Playboy: The mansion, the magazine, and Hugh Hefner himself all play central roles in the plot. Scenes set in the mansion include scads of barely dressed bunnies wearing revealing lingerie or tiny bikinis, and Shelley does the same even after she leaves (in one scene, the entire length of her nude body is visible from the back). Characters also discuss sex and virginity. One sorority sister is pregnant, but her pregnancy is used like a prop instead of taken seriously. Language includes one "f--k" and many uses of "bitch," and characters drink frequently (though generally not to excess) at both the mansion and college parties.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether Shelley is a good role model. Is her dream of becoming a Playboy centerfold an admirable one? What do the Zeta sisters learn from her? What does she learn from them? What is the movie's message about young women? What does "sisterhood" mean, according to the Zetas? Ultimately, does the movie reinforce stereotypes or undermine them?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    42%
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  • Audience

    51%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's computer-written stuff, stiffly directed by first-timer Fred Wolf, but it's light and fun and sports a decent quota of passable gags.

- Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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.

- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, November 26, 2012

2 stars

The acting talent in The House Bunny is amazing for a chick flick but the weak plot is a big distraction and the humour and script is a bit too mild for the premise.

- aquateen2, Friday, November 18, 2011

2 stars

This movie is neither great nor is it terrible. It's really not all that remarkable in any kind of capacity. It is watchable though. I will give it that. It's actually better than I thought it would be. I only watched it because I was bored, it was on TV, because I and couldn't get compeleld to work on my Master's seminar paper because I really suck. I chuckled a few times, grinned a lot, and had a nice good laugh or two with a couple of scens, but, even though this movie is funnier than I thought, it's still really not all that funny. This is mostly because of the bad script and lackluster direction. Anna Faris has never been a great actress, but she's okay here, and is fun to watch, even if just a little bit of the airhead schtick goes a very long way. Emma Stone is pretty good, but I'm biased because I'm in love with her. I'd think she's a good actress even if I wasn't really into her, though. Kat Dennings and Rumer Willis are also not too bad. I like Christopher McDonald and Beverly D'Angelo, but they're both underused here and have been far better in past roles. I'm okay with the fact that htis movie is almost completely run of the mill and predictable, because we need movies like this to keep the balance of things. I would love it if there wasn't so much mediocre generic garbage like this around, but I'm not in charge. Could this movie have been a lot better and far more ocmpetent? Of course. I'm not the target audience, but even if I was I'd still say the same thing. If you need a few laughs and have nothing else to do, shut the brain off, have a few drinks, and give this a shot.

- cosmo313, Saturday, December 4, 2010