Poor orphaned Shelley Darlingstone (Anna Faris) is a spotty teenager who nobody wants. That is, until she turns into a blonde, busty beauty queen and is taken on as a Bunny in the Playboy Mansion. Complete with pool parties, bunny ears and Hugh Hefner himself, the Mansion is Shelley's dream come true.
It's a fairytale of sorts and Shelley couldn't be happier; but when she is cruelly evicted from the mansion as she turns the grand old age of 27, she must carve out a life for herself based on more than good looks and golden locks.
She finds hope as on-campus House Mother of a struggling Sorority Zeta House. Branded a bunch of 'misfits' and 'freaks', the Zeta girls are in danger of losing their house to the more popular yet mean-
spirited Oma Delta Phi sisterhood. But not with Shelley on the case, who promptly gives the girls a makeover (Individuality? That won't get boys to like you) and turns Zeta House into Playboy Mansion mark two.
It's not all plain sailing, of course; the Zeta girls find they have become as vapid as their erstwhile nemeses and Shelley's love life takes a turn for the worse when she finds the tricks of her trade fail to work on 'intellectual' care home owner Oliver (Colin Hanks).
Hmm, a film in which an attractive young blonde woman is mistakenly labelled stupid and uses her innate sense of style to make the unattractive around her attractive, learns a thing or two along the way and ultimately wins out over the bullies; sound familiar?
Well, that's not entirely surprising. Writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith wrote Legally Blonde - which is basically the same story with less innuendo and a slightly younger leading lady. With Adam Sandler behind it and a director whose pedigree includes stoner comedies
Without a Paddle and Joe Dirt, The House Bunny crew is a veritable who's who of Hollywood teen comedy.
And, to be honest, it doesn't altogether disappoint - there are some genuinely funny moments tucked away in there. Anna Faris is extremely likeable and plays the naïve Shelley to brilliant effect, delivering some cracking lines.
Likewise, newcomer Anna Stone (Natalie) has some great comedy moments. Sadly both are somewhat let down by a script that is clunky in places and about 15 minutes too long.
There are plenty of reasons why you might approach The House Bunny with a certain amount of trepidation, but with its pop-tastic soundtrack and truckloads of innuendo, it's the perfect antidote to the credit crunch blues - perhaps after a glass of vino with the girls.