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HOUSE BUNNY, THE

SYNOPSIS:
When Playboy Bunny, Shelly (Anna Faris), is tossed out of the Playboy mansion, she has nowhere to go until she falls in with the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. The members of the sorority - the seven most socially clueless women on the planet - are about to lose their house to the scheming girls of Phi Iota Mu.

Review by Louise Keller:
Strictly for blondes who like pink, this ultra girlie chick flick meets the criteria for its target audience with likeable characters searching for acceptance as they are. Anna Faris gives a convincing turn as the former Playboy Bunny, who starts her life as an abandoned baby left of the doorstep of the Playboy Mansion 27 years earlier. The ultimate dumb blonde, Faris' Shelly discovers her vocation by accident when she becomes House Mother for a sorority that is unable to find enough members. Director Fred Wolf seems to have genuine affection for his characters, which rubs off onto us, and we become involved in Shelly's journey of finding herself, true love and a purpose. If you take the film on its own level, it is a lot of fun, and teenage girls will be rapt.

There are laughs and chuckles as Shelly instructs the girls in the science of 'superficial reflection of the female', which entails activities such as car washing in a skimpy pink two piece outfit, learning that the ultimate secret weapon is a water-bra, and to perfect the three rules of flirtation. But there's more. The twist comes when Shelly discovers there is something of value that her well-heeled academic pupils can teach her - some intelligence and common sense. Here is a girl who misunderstands what is meant when she is asked to blow into a breathalyser and wants to order Mahi instead of Mahi Mahi, so she gets a smaller portion.

It's all pretty pink and predictable as Shelly becomes involved in a war between two rival sorority groups. There's also a sweet romance with Oliver (Colin Hanks) who works at the local nursing home or as Shelly defines it 'an orphanage for old people'. The performances all work and when you throw this house bunny into the mix, a lot of heart gets churned out. It's fairy floss, it's pink and it's fun.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

HOUSE BUNNY, THE (M)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Anna Faris, Katharine McPhee, Emma Stone, Rumer Willis, Kat Dennings, Dana Goodman, Sarah Wright, HughHefner, Colin Hanks, Monet Mazur, Kiely Williams, Tyson Ritter, Owen Benjamin, Rachel Specter, Beverly D'Angelo

PRODUCER: Allen Covert, Jack Giarrupto, Heather Parry, Adam Sandler

DIRECTOR: Fred Wolf

SCRIPT: Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Shelly Johnson

EDITOR: Debra Chiate

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Missy Stewart

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 25, 2008







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