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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
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
1 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

3 stars

You know i was completely surprised at the giggles I had watching this movie. While not great it was fun in a strange strange way.

- jmanard52, Monday, May 25, 2009

3 stars

i liked this movie. i thought it was really funny. not a great movie but i liked it. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 28, 2010

0 star

Another bad Anna Farris flick. Annoying comedy with barely any good jokes. Anna Farris is a terrible actress and this is yet another statement to that effect. Who ever wrote this film should retire, or better yet, be put out of his misery because this is a tired out, virtually laugh free film. You end cringing every time Farris opens her mouth. The House Bunny is not funny, it's crap

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, July 15, 2010