THE HOUSE BUNNY
Release Date: August 22, 2008
Starring: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma
Stone, Kat Dennings,
Christopher McDonald, Beverly
D’Angelo, Katharine McPhee,
Rumer Willis, and Hugh Hefner
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Fred Wolf
Executive Producer: Anna Faris, Karen McCullah
Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Producer: Adam Sandler and Jack
Writer: Karen McCullah Lutz and
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Shelley, played by Anna Faris, is living a carefree “fairy-tale” life until a rival Bunny gets her tossed out of the Playboy Mansion. In her woeful wanderings, she happens upon the sorority girls from Zeta Alpha Zeta. Unless they can sign a new pledge class during rush week, the seven socially clueless women will lose their house to the crafty girls of Phi Lota Mu. In order to accomplish their goal, they need Shelley to be their new housemother and teach them how to look good and to “get” men. In the end, Shelley’s assistance, culled from her experiences as a Playboy Bunny, enables the girls to get enough pledges to help their sorority house stay open.
THE HOUSE BUNNY is just another tool being used by the Playboy franchise to promote sexuality as a means of discovering the “beautiful you” on the inside, otherwise called the Sexual Revolution. Disturbingly, this movie is being geared toward teenage audiences. The surface content alone is enough to warrant caution without even mentioning the pervasive sexual messages or the poor production quality.
The filmmakers do attempt to redeem some of the content at the end of this movie by having the main character Shelley say, “If everything you have is based on looks, then you have nothing.” Even in this, however, they fail miserably. Not only does the movie suffer from a poorly written script lacking ingenuity and sincere character development, but the acting falls flat and leaves much to be desired from these up and coming young Hollywood stars.
During the screening of this movie, it was saddening to hear the raucous laughter of the audience in their enjoyment of what was being presented to them. Even more unsettling was the cheering of the male audience members as the ending credits started to role.
The messages in HOUSE BUNNY are damaging for all audiences, especially for young girls who are in the delicate stage of their lives where they are discovering what it means to be truly beautiful and unique. The movie’s portrayal of beauty is completely secular and devoid of what God has to say about being truly beautiful. Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (NIV). Perfect and wholesome beauty is found only in Christ. As Psalm 50:2 states, “From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth” (NIV). It is important for girls to understand that beauty as the world defines it is merely a shadow of the real thing – the true beauty that comes from God and God alone.
THE HOUSE BUNNY is just another tool being used by the Playboy franchise to promote the immorality of the Sexual Revolution, as a means of finding personal fulfillment and discovering the “beautiful you” on the inside. Although the filmmakers attempt to add values in the last few minutes, they fail to make up for the pervasive sexual messages in the rest of it. Also, the movie suffers from a poorly written script and the acting is not believable. True beauty is found only in Christ. It is only through him that we each discover the person He created us to be.