October 10, 2008
MOVIES: DON’t GIVE THIS BUNNY HOUSE ROOM ; THE HOUSE BUNNY Cert 12A, 97mins **
By DAVID EDWARDS
After being evicted from Hugh Hefner's mansion, a hapless Playboy bunny puts the T&A into college sorority house Zeta in a lame comedy starring Scary Movie veteran Anna Faris.
Like a glamour model's bra, it's a pink, fluffy thing stuffed to bursting not with silicone, but absolutely every chick-flick cliche imaginable. Shame someone forgot to pack in any actual humour.
Our bubble-headed heroine is Shelley (Faris) whose dreams of becoming the next Miss January come a cropper when a scheming, top- heavy colleague sees to it that she's forced out of Heff's mansion.
With nothing but the clothes on her back, she winds up on a college campus where Zeta is facing oblivion unless its loser members (including Bruce Willis's daughter Rumer) recruit 15 new affiliates. It prompts Shelley to turn them into babes, transforming their house into the most popular on campus.
Every banality is trotted out right on cue, from the makeover montage to the awkward first date, to the usual hoary old moral about being true to yourself, making this one bunny due for the casserole pot.
THE REEL LOWDOWN IF YOU LIKED... Legally Blonde, Party Girl... YOU'LL LIKE THIS.
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