The House Bunny (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The House Bunny (2008)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 29,731 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 22 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Gross: $70,442,940(Worldwide)(22 March 2009)
  • Director: Fred Wolf
  • Stars: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks and Emma Stone
  • Original Music By: Waddy Wachtel   
  • Soundtrack: Like A Virgin
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Sorority | Playboy | Playboy Mansion | Playboy Bunny | Party

Writing Credits By:

  • Karen McCullah Lutz (written by) &
  • Kirsten Smith (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Some scenes were shot at the actual Playboy Mansion.
  • Anna Faris later did a clothed cover for Playboy, but her publicist wouldn’t allow her to do it naked.
  • Anna Faris worked out for six weeks before shooting began.
  • The movie came about when Anna Faris wondered what happens to the Playboy Bunnies if they leave the mansion.
  • During Oliver and Shelley’s date, she tells him that when voting she would not take Simon’s opinion into consideration, but would listen to Paula and Randy. This is a reference to American Idol, a reality show in which Katharine McPhee was runner-up after contesting.
  • Shelley (Anna Faris) mentions in one of the scenes that she once let Bob Saget ‘grind’ on her as an act of philanthropy. Kat Dennings (who plays Mona) used to be in a TV series with Bob Saget, called Raising Dad.
  • When Lily is going to mail out the invitation envelopes to future Zeta members, the boy that distracts her says his name is Cole Trickle – which is the name of the character played by Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder.
  • When Shelley goes to the nursing home to see Oliver, the movie playing on the TV is It Happened One Night.
  • Happy Madison (2000) regulars Allen Covert,Jonathan Loughran and Nick Swardson make cameos. Covert is a waiter, Loughran is a drag queen in jail, and Swarsdon is a photographer.
  • The trailer features some footage with a valet (played by Valente Rodriguez) telling Shelley that she needs to get a job, which was cut from the final film.

Goofs: Factual errors: When the Phi Iota Mu girl stole the bids, Lilly can tell the leaders of the Panhellenic meeting that the girl stole them.

Plot: When Shelly, a Playboy bunny, is tossed out of the mansion, she has nowhere to go until she falls in with the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. The members of the sorority – who also have got to be the seven most socially clueless women on the planet – are about to lose their house. They need a dose of what only the eternally bubbly Shelley can provide… but they will each learn on their own to stop pretending to be what others want them to be and start being themselves. Full summary »  »

Story: Finding family. Shelley Darlingson was raised in an orphanage, finally happy when she blossoms into a fox and moves into the Playboy Mansion. Unfortunately, she's summarily expelled on her 27th birthday(she's now too old). In desperation she takes a job as house mother for a sorority of misfits losing their house for lack of members. They have but a few months to find 30 pledges, or a sorority of mean girls will take over their place. Shelley figures that girls will pledge a house that boys find interesting, so she sets out to make the Zetas alluring, not act too smart, and host great parties. Can she succeed, and what about her own makeover? Sabotage is everywhere, plus it's hard to be one's self.Written by <>  


Synopsis: Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris) is a Playboy Bunny living the life of luxury. The day after her twenty-seventh birthday, she awakes to find a note from Hugh Hefner asking her to pack up and leave. Saddened, she hits the road looking for a new life, and she happens to see girls who remind her of herself: beautiful and fun. She immediately follows them and sees that they live in luxury ,too. She tells them her situation and asks to join, not knowing that they are in a sorority, and is rejected because she is not a student — and because the fact that the girls are completely stuck up. She sees there are ladies that watch over the girls and live there also; but, after asking to join them, she is rejected again.

Shelley then finds another sorority, Zeta Alpha Zeta, whose members are socially awkward and reject her, too: all except Natalie (Emma Stone), a bespectled virgin who tries her best to lead the Zetas. And once the Zetas see that Shelley is able to attract boys and friends, their antipathy changes. She turns the girls around and teaches them everything they need to know to surpass the other girls. During this process, she meets Oliver (Colin Hanks), and although she can teach everyone else how to flirt, she has to get help from her new "students" in order to interact with him successfully.

As the girls of Shelley’s sorority become more popular on campus, they realize that they have changed themselves too much to please other people — and they blame Shelley for that. Just then, the Playboy Mansion calls Shelley to tell her that she was set up and that they never wanted her to leave. It would seem perfect for her to go back to her old life; but when she tries, she sees she cares far too much for her girls, who have come to care for her as well. Shelley decides to fix the devastation that the Phi Iota Mus have wrecked upon the Zeta Alpha Zetas while she was gone, and, with help from everyone, she succeeds. The Zetas, who have decided to try to be a cross between themselves and Shelley’s suggestions, also play matchmaker, and manage to fix Shelley up with Oliver.

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Produced By:

  • Jason Burns known as co-producer
  • Allen Covert known as producer
  • Anna Faris known as executive producer
  • Jack Giarraputo known as producer
  • Debra James known as co-producer
  • Karen McCullah Lutz known as executive producer
  • Heather Parry known as producer
  • Richard Rosenzweig known as co-producer
  • Adam Sandler known as producer
  • Kirsten Smith known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Anna Faris known as Shelley Darlingson
  • Colin Hanks known as Oliver
  • Emma Stone known as Natalie
  • Kat Dennings known as Mona
  • Hugh M. Hefner known as Himself (as Hugh Hefner)
  • Christopher McDonald known as Dean Simmons
  • Beverly D'Angelo known as Mrs. Hagstrom
  • Katharine McPhee known as Harmony
  • Rumer Willis known as Joanne
  • Kiely Williams known as Lilly
  • Dana Goodman known as Carrie Mae
  • Kimberly Makkouk known as Tanya
  • Monet Mazur known as Cassandra
  • Tyson Ritter known as Colby
  • Sarah Wright known as Ashley
  • Rachel Specter known as Courtney
  • Owen Benjamin known as Marvin
  • Holly Madison known as Herself
  • Bridget Marquardt known as Herself
  • Kendra Wilkinson known as Herself
  • Tyler Spindel known as Steve (as Tyler Spindell)
  • Sara Jean Underwood known as Sara (Playmate)
  • Lauren Hill known as Lauren (Playmate) (as Lauren Michelle Hill)
  • Hiromi Oshima known as Hiromi (Playmate)
  • Dan Patrick known as Cop
  • Sean Salisbury known as Himself
  • Matt Leinart known as Himself
  • Shaquille O'Neal known as Himself
  • Nick Swardson known as Playboy Photographer
  • Jay Hayden known as Kip
  • Matt Barr known as Tyler
  • Chris Titone known as Guy at Bar (as Christopher Titone)
  • Michael Bernardi known as Karaoke Trio
  • Mike Falkow known as Karaoke Trio
  • Marlon Hunter known as Karaoke Trio
  • Josh Richman known as Paramedic
  • Tony Ervolina known as Paramedic
  • Tanner Alexander Redman known as Trent (as Tanner Redman)
  • Michelle Fields known as Michelle
  • Nikki Deloach known as Tall Blonde Girl (as Nikki DeLoach)
  • Linsey Godfrey known as Short Brunette Girl
  • Alison Koellisch known as Medium Blonde Girl
  • Jackie Benoit known as Fannie
  • Katheryn Cain known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Amanda Columbus known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Katheryne Ashley Covert known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Danni Katz known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Aya Nagasaki known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Rachel Saydak known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Ashley Schneider known as Girl at Panhellenic
  • Jennifer Tisdale known as Phi Iota Mu
  • Adam Shapiro known as Mona's Interviewee
  • Angela Shelton known as Mean Prostitute (as Angela V. Shelton)
  • Julia Lea Wolov known as Sweet Prostitute (as Julia Wolov)
  • Jonathan Loughran known as Tall Prostitute
  • Kathleen Gati known as Boutique Manager
  • Missy Stewart known as Kappa Eta Sigma Housemother
  • Robert Harvey known as Guy at Pool Table (as Robert H. Harvey)
  • Ryan Rottman known as Calendar Buyer
  • Mitch Gibney known as Post Office Clerk
  • Ben Lyons known as Limbo Guy
  • Dale Thomas Krupla known as Karaoke MC
  • Charles Robinson known as Francis
  • Eileen Rene Prudhont known as Playmate (as Eileen Rene)
  • Emily Wilson known as Brittany
  • Ameona Almund known as Hot Girl (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Ashkin known as Fraternity Brother (uncredited)
  • Lili Asvar known as Playboy Bunny 3 (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Baker known as Himself (uncredited)
  • Justin Baldoni known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Richard Blake known as Volcano Jock (uncredited)
  • Allen Covert known as Waiter #2 (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
  • Leslie Del Rosario known as Sienna (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Eudowe known as Frat Guy (uncredited)
  • Gina Gianni known as Model (uncredited)
  • Marcy Goldman known as Orphanage Lady (uncredited)
  • Jillian Grace known as Playmate (uncredited)
  • Phillip Gramm known as Frat Boy at Car Wash #2 (uncredited)
  • Adam Greeves known as Frat Guy (uncredited)
  • Krystal Grenseman known as Blonde Hottie (uncredited)
  • Brandon G. Holley known as Frat Guy (uncredited)
  • Kristen Kelly known as Sorority Girl (uncredited)
  • Paul Kumar known as Colby's Friend (uncredited)
  • Breaunna Lake known as Female Student (uncredited)
  • Treasure Mallory known as Sorority Girl (uncredited)
  • Emmanuel Ondrick known as Cafe Person (uncredited)
  • Julie Pepin known as Sorority Girl #6 (uncredited)
  • Tony Persico known as Party Guy (uncredited)
  • Ashley Rose known as Party Girl (uncredited)
  • Toi Rose known as Student (uncredited)
  • Chris Rubio known as Frat Guy (uncredited)
  • Gabriel Rydel-Jurgens known as Orphan Boy (uncredited)
  • Alex Spencer known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Michael Trotter known as The Pool Guy (uncredited)
  • Jason Villalobos known as Frat Guy in Tiki Mask (uncredited)
  • Jobeth Wagner known as Sorority Girl (uncredited)
  • Rob Watt known as Frat Guy (uncredited)
  • Michael Weathersby known as Fraternity Brother (uncredited)
  • Kelley Welte known as Playboy Bunny 4 (uncredited)
  • Meg Wolf known as Boutique Assistant (uncredited)
  • Brianna Womick known as Playboy Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • David Blair known as key hair stylist (as David J. Blair)
  • Debra Coleman known as makeup artist (as Debra S. Coleman)
  • Marianna Elias known as key makeup artist
  • Kimberly Felix known as key makeup artist (as Kimberly Felix-Burke)
  • Jason Green known as key hair stylist
  • Lana Heying known as hair stylist
  • Candy L. Walken known as hair department head
  • Patty York known as makeup department head
  • Clinton Wayne known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Antonio Andraus known as leadman (as Tony Andraus)
  • Joshua Borgese known as greens foreman (as Josh Borgese)
  • Max E. Brehme known as property master (as Max Brehme)
  • Tony Bridgers known as general foreman
  • George Cawood known as creative director: main title sequence
  • Everett Chase known as set designer
  • David B. Clark known as paint foreman
  • Steve A. Hagberg known as construction coordinator (as Steve Hagberg)
  • Vinson Jae known as stand-by painter
  • David R. Lawson known as construction medic
  • Martin Milligan known as on-set dresser
  • Larry Morgan known as carpenter
  • Stephan J. Pierano known as stand-by greens (as Stephen J. Peirano)
  • Peter Roderick known as contruction buyer/estimator
  • Christopher Schultz known as assistant property master (as Chris Schultz)
  • Andrew Settle known as assistant property master
  • Daniel Simon known as labor foreman
  • John Snow known as paint supervisor (as John W. Snow)
  • Meg Hyatt Snow known as scenic artist (as Meg Hyatt)
  • Mark Robert Taylor known as art department coordinator
  • Samuel J. Tell known as assistant property master
  • Andrew Baris known as art department assistant (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Happy Madison Productions
  • Alta Loma Entertainment (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Gala Catering  catering
  • Reel Team, The  loop group
  • Sony Pictures Studios  post services
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Panavision  Genesis digital cinematography
  • DeLuxe Laboratories  prints
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes & dollies
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Framework Studio  titles
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • NPI Production Services  payroll services – sound editors
  • Red Talent and Literary Agency  talent agency and representative
  • Star Waggons  hair and make-up trailers
  • Star Waggons  wardrobe trailer
  • i24P  dailies and color correction


  • Buena Vista Sony Pictures Releasing (BVSPR) (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2009) (Argentina) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Framework Studio (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • George Cawood known as visual effects supervisor
  • Matt Ciaglia known as visual effects artist
  • Fawn Fletcher known as visual effects coordinator
  • T.J. Welch known as visual effects supervising producer
  • Jonathan Winbush known as visual effects artist (as Johnathan Winbush)

Release Date:

  • Canada 22 August 2008
  • USA 22 August 2008
  • Australia 25 September 2008
  • Singapore 1 October 2008
  • Venezuela 3 October 2008
  • France 8 October 2008
  • Germany 9 October 2008
  • Hungary 9 October 2008
  • Israel 9 October 2008
  • Portugal 9 October 2008
  • Russia 9 October 2008
  • Brazil 10 October 2008
  • Iceland 10 October 2008
  • Ireland 10 October 2008
  • Spain 10 October 2008
  • UK 10 October 2008
  • Egypt 15 October 2008
  • Estonia 17 October 2008
  • Indonesia 17 October 2008
  • Mexico 24 October 2008
  • Philippines 29 October 2008
  • Colombia 31 October 2008
  • Peru 13 November 2008 (Lima)
  • Panama 14 November 2008
  • Thailand 20 November 2008
  • Peru 27 November 2008
  • Italy 5 December 2008
  • Belgium 17 December 2008
  • Austria 1 January 2009
  • Denmark 9 January 2009
  • Poland 24 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 17 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 8 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 3 July 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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