The House Bunny (2008)

FRED WOLF

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2008.  , Relativity Media, Happy Madison Productions, Alta Loma Entertainment.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The comedy genius of  gets center stage in this silly farce reminiscent of Legally Blonde in theme but not quality. She plays a former orphan turned Playboy bunny who is kicked out of ‘s mansion when she is declared too old to stay. Taking to the streets to survive, she wanders through a street full of sorority houses and, finding the most dilapidated one, chooses to stay and be its house mother. The house she has inherited is full of misfits and geeks, girls unattractive to boys who are in danger of losing their abode because they can barely manage to make enough pledges to satisfy the college rules. You bet your not-so-dumb-blonde ass that our heroine has some solutions in store, including an Aztec-themed Virgin Sacrifice party and beauty tips like “The eyes are the nipples of the face”. By the time she discovers that Hef (playing himself) wants her back at the mansion, she is unable to decide where her real home lies. Faris couldn’t possibly be more on target with the role, her timing perfection in every scene, but the script is a mess and the direction pitifully laboured. Fred Wolf at the helm has no idea about pacing or charm, ignoring the possibilities of developing this character’s secret-weapon strength a la Private Benjamin and instead going for cheap slapstick humour. Emma Stone is a delight as the leader of the geeky girls.

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