Starring Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Katherine McPhee
"Instead of the Mahi-Mahi, can I get just the one Mahi, because I'm not that hungry?"
Ok, so the premise is so thin it groans and splinters within the first five minutes, but only the cruelest of hearts could complain, really. The House Bunny is a sweet, big-hearted homage to 80's teen comedies (Revenge of the Nerds, in particular) that practically radiates with goofball charm. Faris is perfect in the role of the clueless-but-kind Shelley, (although her rubbery vamping never quite translates to sexy when it's supposed to, even in the skimpiest of outfits), and the supporting cast hit all the right notes along the way.
Despite its PG-13 rating, there's nary a nipple to be ogled (although you do get a quick flash of Faris-ass), so look elsewhere for raunch, but if you're in the mood for an airy, candy-colored 80's throwback, The House Bunny will charm the pants right off you. Playboy girls are good at that, apparently.
One thing, though: as far as I can tell, the message of this movie is that your best shot at popularity, if you're young and female, is to be smart and pretty. That sounds like a lot of work. Good luck, ladies.
- Ken McIntyre