'The House Bunny' Review By Vamp

Being in the centerfold of Playboy is like saying, "Look at me! I'm naked in the middle of a magazine! Unfold me!"
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Alright, so everyone knows that I've pretty much been dieing to see this movie, and today I finally did. Though, it was a very close call, I must admit. I was supposed to have seen this yesterday, but due to circ*mstances that I could not help(Mainly: No money and no ride) I was not able to go, and such was almost the case today, but I was able to catch my Dad in time, and I got to my friends house, with ten bucks, and we went and saw it this afternoon. I'm saying this without an ounce of worry in my mind about what everyone else is going to say, but this was without a doubt the funniest movie I've seen this year. It takes the cake! I was laughing my ass off the entire time, and it was only helped by the fact that I love Anna Faris. I'm so glad I went to see this and not Death Race, even though I'm still looking forward to that film's DVD release. Normally, as you all know, I'm a man who hates today's comedy, but this one is just too good to pass up! It's hilarious, and everyone second has a joke that will make you piss yourself from laughing so hard. It truly is a hilarious film.

The director of this fabulously hilarious film is a man named Fred Wolf, whom you may know directed a movie called Strange Wilderness, which I've heard good things and bad things about. This one however, I will tell you without an ounce of negativity in my voice, is a laugh riot! The director of this film definitely knew what he was doing with directing a comedy movie because this movie just has you rolling, and it's also helped along by the fact that Anna Faris is a great comedic actress. The story of this movie is written by two people who definitely have one hell of a sense of humor, and they are Karen McCullah Lutz(10 Things I Hate About You) and Kirsten Smith(Legally Blonde). This is kind of a chick flick I will admit, but it doesn't matter because the director and the writers did an awesome job with this movie, making one that we can all enjoy laughing at over and over, and one that I'd love to go back and see again and again.

The visuals in this movie are good. This is a movie that doesn't need good visuals, but I'll mention a couple for the sake of the fact that it's something that we should touch on with every movie. I liked all the outfits that Anna Faris was put in, as well as all the other outfits that the sorority sisters were wearing. They were colorful, and for the sorority girls after the makeup, and Anna throughout the movie, were really not that bad on your eyes to see. lol, jk, or am I? Anyhow, there is also the matter that they filmed this in the actual PlayBoy mansion(I watched the episode of The Girls Next Door about this movie. XD) and I think that's neat that they'd want to go all out with this movie, and make it the best that it could be. It's definitely a great movie to see, with lots of sexy outfits, and great fun-looking parties. Like the way they laid out the Aztec theme for one of the sorority parties was another aspect of the film that looked really cool. So what visuals I'm working with on review, they did great.

The storyline of this movie is one that I think is highly original, and these days, ESPECIALLY with the movies they call "Comedy," that's a rare find. The writers of the story definitely do a wonderful job, and give us a movie that we can all enjoy watching over and over. It's an interesting story, and one that was probably intended for women, but appeals to all audiences. Normally you wouldn't catch a guy like me going to see a movie like this, but for some reason, THIS particular movie caught my eye. I'm glad I went to see it, there are many aspects of it, like visuals and the directing that catch your eyes, and the story is one of them as well. A woman, who seems to have everything she could've wanted, especially living in an orphanage, has now been kicked out of her dream home, but soon, she finds solace in the Zeta Sorority house, where she helps the girls of Zeta become prettier and more likeable so that they can save Zeta and allow it to continue going on, on the college campus. This story is one that's great right from the beginning, where the introduction already has you laughing. The story of the movie is done very well, and makes for great laughs.

Anna Faris, one of the hottest women in the world, in my opinion, lol, stars in this movie as Shelley Darlingson, a playmate at the Playboy Mansion, where she came to eventually live one day. After being raised in an orphanage where she was less than pretty and loved by nearly no one, she came to be pretty and popular. Her dream is to be in the centerfold of the Playboy mansion, one of the highest honors for a Playmate. However, after her twenty seventh birthday, Shelley awakens to find that she is being kicked out of the Playboy Mansion, to live on her own because she's become too old. She leaves with a heavy heart, and tries to make it out in the real world, where she is arrested pretty much right away, but after being released, she follows a group of girls, and finds a campus ground with a grand house, that she finds out is a sorority house. She soon becomes the leader of a sorority named Zeta, whose members are what the other students think are losers, and she assigns herself the task of making them prettier and everything so that they can get more members and save their sorority house. During all of this Shelley meets a boy named Oliver, and falls in love with him, but what she finds out is that Oliver is not like all the other boys she's liked, and he doesn't fall for all her tricks, but rather looks for the smart women, and the great personalitied women. Now Shelley must also prove heself to Oliver AND the Sorority Sisters, a task that Shelley soon finds will not be as easy as she had predicted. Anna Faris, is unfortunately someone who is generally typecast, which is a shame because she's a great actress, does a wonderful job in this movie. She steps into her usual role of the dumb blonde, and she once again plays it really well. I loved how every little quirk of this character seemed to just pop out of Anna Faris, and made the character that much more believable, and that much more convincing. She was definitely a great casting choice for this movie.

Colin Hanks stars in this movie as Oliver. Oliver is the man that Shelley has fallen in love with. However, Oliver is a man that has style, and he generally wants to know his girlfriend before he begins to dater her, and so he begins to date Shelley Darlingson, who has volunteered at the nursing home he manages. Oliver is a real simple guy, and he's into smarts and stuff, and something about Shelley just catches his attention. He knows right away that he's in love, but he fights it because he knows just the type of woman that Shelley is, a woman who thinks that sexy tricks and moves, are what make guys drool over women, even if that aspect of them helps it a bit. He sees right through most of Shelley's tricks, but the thing that he wants to know, is why a girl like her seems to like a guy like him so much, and so he spends half the time trying to figure her out. He seems stunned at her self embarassing techniques to get him to like her, and doesn't really have anything to say. Colin Hanks, whom I'm not very familiar with as an actor, but I know was in the 2005 remake of King Kong, does an excellent job in this role. He makes all of Oliver's confusion and love for Shelley come out and present itself in a realistic form. He definitely is a great actor, and he plays this character extremely well, presenting us with an incredibly convincing and believable performance. He was definitely another great casting choice for this movie.

Emma Stone stars in this movie as Natalie. Natalie is like the lead sister in the Zeta sorority, and she just wants to fit in and make friends. The only thing that's wrong is that the board of Sororities and Fraternities is going to shut her down because Zeta is not following proper codes, and it's been overlooked for too long. She needs to find thirty pledges for Zeta, the most rejected and mocked sorority house on campus, for pledge day, or they're getting shut down. That's when Shelley Darlington shows up willing to become the House Mother for Zeta, and then finds out all the troubles that Zeta is having. She offers to help them meet boys and become popular so that they'll get more pledges and save the house, also this woman is on her down, and needs a place to live. At first Natalie is unwilling, but then Natalie sees the reason behind this, and soon finds herself and all her sorority sisters, all of whom are seen as misfits to society, being made over, and becoming popular. Natalie is probably the nicest of all the sorority sisters, and though she finds herself changing, she still tries to keep other's thoughts in mind, while at the same time balancing a huge crush on another boy who doesn't seem to think she exists. Emma Stone does an excellent job in this movie, and though I don't know her(Although, she won as Laurie Partridge, in The Search for the New Partridge Family), she was awesome. She plays this character, who is a smart know-it-all, who really has the best ideas in mind for everyone really well, and brings it all out into a realistic openness that makes the character more relateable, and more entertaining. She delivers a massively convincing and believable performance, and was definitely another great casting choice for this movie.

Beverly D'Angelo, an actress that I'm not incredibly familiar with, stars in this movie as Mrs. Hagstrom, the sorority mother for a ravial sorority house, whose name escapes me. Mrs. Hagstrom has only the fine ideals of life in mind, and it is her opinion that riffraff such as the Zeta house should not be allowed on campus, that is why she has continually complained about their inherent disregard for the rules that are set for all sorority houses, rules that in her mind should be followed by every sorority house. She now spends her time sending the pledges in her own house to make fun of and tear down the Zetas so that they'll never get their thirty pledges. Soon however, she finds that Shelley Darlingson, the new house mother for the Zetas is alot tougher an opponent than she imagined, and she seems to be unphased by everything that Mrs. Hagstrom throws her way. Mrs. Hagstrom now spends most of the movie trying to tear down Zeta, and make it so that they cannot have their house, and that her house can have their old living quarters for themselves. Beverly D'Angelo, an actress, whom, like I said, I'm not incredibly familiar with, does an excellent job as the bad guy in thsi movie, and she delivers a great performance. She makes all of this character's hatred and meanness show and plays them out incredibly well, making for a very realistic, and somewhat relateable character. She delivers a vastly convincing, as well as vastly believable, performance, and was definitely yet ANOTHER great casting choice for this movie.

All in all this movie was everything that I thought it was going to be and even more. I knew about the one little came with Hugh Heffner Holly, Bridget, and Kendra at the pool in the PlayBoy mansion, but their cameo turned out to be much bigger than I thought it was going to be, and they even had relatively major roles for the film. This is definitely a great and hilarious movie that I recommend for anyone to see because it'll have you in tears from laughing so hard. The first time you laugh is in the opening credits, where there are many different jokes that make it funny. This movie, as I said already in this paragraph, was everything I'd thought, and hoped, it would be, and more, and I'm glad I went to see this over the other movies because it was an awesome movie. A movie that mixes great jokes with great acting, and great directing. The visuals of the movie and the storyline help add to the hilarity of the movie, and make it that much more better. It's truly one of my new favorite comedy movies, and I cannot wait for it to hit DVD shelves because I'm DEFINITELY going to be buying this one!!!!!

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Comments (76)

  1. xXx-RazorBlade-Romance-xXx

    LMFAO... :D

    7 years agoby @loloFlag

  2. Vamp

    Thanks. There's a reason for my officialness. lolz.

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  3. xXx-RazorBlade-Romance-xXx

    Great Review!

    7 years agoby @loloFlag

  4. Saquin Turok 'X'

    Must admit Vamp, that this isn't really my type of film. My preferred comedy type is more surreal style (ala Monty Python). Even though I think you've done another good review, and I agree that Anna Faris is hot (I remember your avatar pic of her), it's not changed my mind on wanting to see this. Therefore, I've not given the thumbs up to this review being helpful. Sorry. I'm not going to give it a thumbs down either, as it's disrespectful to a friend, and I find your reviews interesting.

    7 years agoby @teesterxFlag

  5. Vamp

    Well, I'm normally not into comedies period, but this one caught my eye with the commercial, and I'm definitely glad it did. I have to get the DVD when it's released. Hopefully, it's before Christmas, so I won't have to pay! Haha!

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  6. The Dark Knight

    lol I'm not really into these kinda comedies lol

    7 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  7. Vamp

    That's fine, it's your loss. Haha!

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  8. The Dark Knight

    ha still gonna rent this one lol hey vamp what up

    7 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  9. Vamp

    Yes, yes it was. Why the hell would I lie?

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  10. The Boondock Saint

    was it really that good

    7 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

  11. Vamp

    OMG, Heff was hilarious, you're right, I couldn't stop laughing! God I loved this movie!

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  12. Rama's SCREEN

    It was a pretty funny movie.
    Pretty as in Anna Faris pretty
    Funny, also as in Anna Faris Funny.

    Hugh Heffner is hilarious, eating tons of Ice cream to contain his emo madness over the loss of shelly LOL!

    7 years agoby @ramasscreen-comFlag

  13. slysnide

    Interesting, and nicely detailed. I may catch this at a friend's house when it comes out, cuz I know one of them will have it. Nice job.

    As for me, I agree that it's original, but I'm not so sure I'd give it 4.5, but I'll just wait and see.

    7 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  14. BlizZzario, Bizniches

    That wasn't all for you, most was for all those who like to question me.


    7 years agoby @blizzzardFlag

  15. Vamp

    Up two more! WOOOT! This is my most helpful review! lolz. Thanks all!

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  16. Vamp

    LOL, first off, I knew where you stand, I was just merely stating I figured. Not mad about that, and I like comedies, I really do, but the OLDER comedies, not these new ones that think smoking pot, having countless sex scenes, over excessive swearing are funny. If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times. LOL! I understand also, Visionary, why you thought that, but you gotta at least RENT it! lol.

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  17. T.Clark

    GO CDT!!! lol TDK, i thought u were getting better, but it seems u don't have the brain capacity to stop when ur...well, NOT ahead, i guess. Sorry for calling her a slut, vamp. I have not seen any interviews with her so i was pretty much judging her from her roles...but she does play mostly slutty roles lol But if u say this one's dif., I'll accept it. I won't be seeing it in theaters, though. I might even wait til it's on comedy central, cuz i know for damn sure it will be in about 2 years ;)

    7 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. BlizZzario, Bizniches

    As I told Cryptkeeper, I'm going to tell you, I'm not going to be writing good review, you already know that, so I'll just tell you if the review is bad or if I disagree with it, it doesn't need to be said by me you know where I stand, I just haven't been active because I had to get into school mode, and see how my scheduled will fair. Sometimes I like to drop some schoollege on people to back my proclamation "This site deserves a better movie reviewer", this of course applies to those who write one sentence or don't review a movie but merely talk about them.

    I look at all the reviews, and I do like comedies, and I love laughing, I'm not just all horror all the time I do like other movie genres and do know about them, and for the same reason the movie allured you to it, is probably the reason why I don't like it.


    7 years agoby @blizzzardFlag

  19. JR

    like the page has been commented by stupid little kids who talked about nothing refering to the movie..lol

    7 years agoby @supbitchFlag

  20. Vamp

    Woah, Blizzz, lol. I didn't think you'd be into this. Most of the time, I hate comedy movies, but for some reason this one just caught my eye. Thanks, though. Oh, and JR, I'm not sure you know what "Gone to the Dogs," means. That's MY saying.

    7 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  21. BlizZzario, Bizniches

    Oh yeah good review though!!


    7 years agoby @blizzzardFlag

  22. BlizZzario, Bizniches

    I hate Anna Faris, not particular on blondes, all the Scary Movies, Date movie, Disaster movie, what have you, there not like the originals (Airplane, Naked Gun) and they're ruining comedy, now they're just too many sh*ty, low brow jokes back to back, its joke after joke after joke after joke, no break between sh*t, and I won't see this movie, but if people want cheap laughs, rent it, why do I say this before what I'm going to say, so I don't have to explain myself later,

    I never want to see this movie, for the reason Raoul Duke said, to me the movie looks like sh*t, and people can get mad I don't care, I also don't think Pineapple Express will be that funny either, and I haven't seen that, and I have a very good sense of humor, but 95% of the time I can tell if a movie is good of not from the preview, I will say there is some allure to Anna Faris, in this movie but I can't pin point why, it could be the clothes, or the abs, she has in this movie, but back to what I was saying, if this movie had come out years earlier, it would have been a highscool movie instead of a college movie, which tells you were the demographic is towards, its for young teens, who think this is how college will be, or you could say this is a future guide for college, it not, V2k I'm not saying that's why you like the movie but you do fit the demographic and being a comedy its going to blow reality out of proportion, and make the characters look sophomoric, cartoonish, you pick you word that fits, and I've taken a class on the comedy genre, and this movie falls in the realm of "satire/screwball/and some slapstick" but mainly "reductio ad absurdum", a simple human mistake blown way out of proportion or magnified to a stat of absurdity, which isn't that funny, as the other subgenres are, V2k your entitle to your opinion and here is mine, the movies sub-par, but the movie going to do well, because people like a cheap thrill.


    7 years agoby @blizzzardFlag

  23. JR

    jesus this page has gone to the dogs. anyway i wont ever be seeing this it looks like leagally blonde, and i jated that. pineapple express to me is way funnier than this so is tropic thunder..lol not trying to pick a fight but phats right you do like movies everybody hates and raley like what everybody likes but thats you.

    7 years agoby @supbitchFlag

  24. The Dark Knight

    yeah I'll take care of it

    7 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  25. CBF

    like JR

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  26. CBF

    Can't lock it up lol
    Some assh*le will come in and post just bc he sees its at 999

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  27. CBF

    cool lol

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  28. CBF

    Hey DK I'll erase my comments if u want lol

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  29. CBF

    ...the girls I mean lol

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  30. CBF

    I'm there!

    Hopefully they will be naked
    ...Unlike Faris. Wasn't she offered a deal with Playboy and refused?

    7 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag