House Bunny, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Anna Faris. Comedy. Written by Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith. Directed by Fred Wolf.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A favorite of Hefs at the Playboy mansion is ousted from the house once she hits her 27th birthday. Lacking skills other than prancing and swishing about in bikinis, Shelley (Anna Faris) searches for work and stumbles upon a nerdy sorority in need of some sexy-ing up. The girls gain some self-esteem and there are life lessons to be learned. Of course, theres also some sensuality and crude humor for those of you not into life lessons and self-esteem.

PREVIEW REVIEW: From the trailer, I expected a smarmy feminist kink version of Animal House or Porkys or any of the many male-hormone charged movies manufactured over the years by and for those who think comedy is comprised of two parts gross out, one part titillation. Then again, the writers gave us Legally Blonde, so there was the possibility of more than another adolescent, clich ridden, nerds vs. mean-girls replicant. Well, what I got was the willing-to-do-anything-for-a-chuckle Anna Faris, a few adolescent, clich ridden, nerd vs. snob mean girls gags and a few lightweight life lessons.

Though somewhat restrained by todays college comedy standards, there are still enough crudities to remind us filmgoers of which decade were in. Sex is cheapened and no matter that there is a lesson or two about beauty being more than skin deep, theres still enough female skin to remind us that being pretty is still pretty important when selecting breeding material. (Well, thats how it feels.) And as proven by the male counterpart movies, the sight of a bare butt is still guaranteed a laugh or two.

Interesting note: Tom Hanks look-alike son Colin plays the role of the leads boyfriend. And hes not bad.

DVD Alternative: Emma. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a self-assured young woman who turns matchmaker for her little English village. Although a most likable Cupid, she is often off the mark. PG (I found nothing objectionable - no off-color language, no sexual situations, no violence).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Sony Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crude terms, visuals and sensibilities throughout

Obscene Language: Several insensitive remarks about the female body; four or five obscenities; a few minor expletives.

Profanity: Variations of the term oh my God are heard several times.

Violence: Some slapstick humor and various pratfalls.

Sex: there is a great deal of sensuality and the exploitation of the female form.

Nudity: Scantily clad young women; a bared bottom in one scene.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Much drinking, college party scenes featuring students drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and Adults

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