‘House Bunny’ takes new take on traditional concept


Rating: 5/10

Starring: Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Colin Hanks

Plot: Shelly (Faris), a Playboy Bunny, gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and is hard-pressed to find a new place to live, and more importantly, a new family. She wanders to a college campus and is drawn to becoming a housemother to a sorority of socially awkward girls on the verge of losing their house. Life lessons ensue.

The Good: “The House Bunny” does in fact take a fresh look at the recurring storyline of geeks becoming popular.

The dynamics of the characters work well together, and the supporting actresses are able to bring out the few laughs the movie contains. Faris plays the part of Shelly well, but the real stars of the movie are the misfit sorority girls that follow in her footsteps. The movie uses odd humor in order to get laughs, and it barely works. The ending was mildly touching with an important message behind it for young girls, but it was foreseeable.

The Bad: The “ditzy blonde” jokes and situations get old fast, and make you feel a little stupid for going to see the movie. The awkward situations and clichés are almost unbearable to watch. There are crucial turning points in the movie which are very abrupt with little explanation of the reasoning behind the characters’ choices. Such as, why is Shelly so attracted to a “smart guy?” or the sudden realization by the newly popular girls to focus on who they are, instead of being like Barbie. Feminists may hate the movie because the theme throughout is that girls shouldn’t think, and should just look pretty.

The Low-Down: It’s “Legally Blonde” meets “Revenge of the Nerds,” but less enjoyable. The movie does have its moments, there’s not many, but the moments are there. If you can get someone else to pay for you, then maybe see this move, otherwise, wait until it comes out on DVD.