Parents' Guide to

The House Bunny

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Some laughs, but an iffy message for girls.

Movie PG-13 2008 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+


It's funny will make you laugh
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

I think anyone could watch this

I really like this movie it is pretty funny!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (31):

Faris is a gifted comedic actress who frequently manages to elicit laughs out of lowbrow material. She's a master at playing sweet-but-stupid sexbots. But in THE HOUSE BUNNY, her innate charm just underscores the movie's disturbing theme -- that young women have to transform themselves into vapid, cleavage-bearing party girls to be happy or fall in love, which is a dangerous message to send young girls. (Everything ends on a "just be yourself" note, but that pales in comparison to 90 minutes of lingerie and bedroom hair.)

One of the reasons that Revenge of the Nerds is such a classic college comedy is that the guys don't change. They prove themselves worthy of popularity (and love) despite being nerds. In this case, the nerdy girls have to dramatically alter their appearance -- courtesy of ridiculously short skirts, three layers of makeup, and water-filled push-up bras -- to catch a guy's attention or appeal to potential pledges. It's sad that two decades after Gilbert, Lewis, and Booger proved that nerds are cool, these girls have to resort to objectifying stereotypes to save their sorority.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 22, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: December 19, 2008
  • Cast: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone
  • Director: Fred Wolf
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language.
  • Last updated: May 24, 2023

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