My DVD Shelf: ‘The House Bunny’ (BluRay)

12.22.08 9 years ago


I don’t have a lot to say about this one.

It’s an absolutely ridiculous premise.  Anna Faris plays Shelley, a Playboy Playmate who is thrown out of the Mansion on her 27th birthday.  Desperate, she takes a job as house mother for the Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority, which just happens to be a bunch of ugly-duckling girl nerds who need to get in touch with their inner Bunnies.  Shelley helps them be better at all things girly, and they in turn teach her how to tone it down enough to land her dream guy (Colin Hanks).  It’s a cliche of a plot, played absurd, and it shouldn’t work at all.

But I laughed.

Not consistently, and some of the laughs were at how far the film was willing to go, but still… it got me.  Several times.  And much of that is because Faris is such a lunatic.  She gives 100% to the film, and she’s able to generate some substantial laughs even when the script leaves her stranded.  The supporting cast of up-and-coming cuties (Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katherine McPhee, Rumer Willis) all make for decent eye candy, but Faris is the one who keeps the whole thing humming, and if you see it, see it for her.

The BluRay features the same extras as the standard DVD, but it looks great.  A pop cartoon like this really benefits from the high-def treatment, and you’ll enjoy every single push-up bra or frilly nightie.

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