Sony Pictures' "The House Bunny" hopped into second place during its debut weekend at the box office.

The Anna Faris comedy brought in $15.1 million over the past three days.

In this film, Faris stars as Shelley Darlington, who's lived at the Playboy mansion for the last nine years. Of course, she's one of Hugh Hefner's favorites, and has rule of the roost, so to speak.

However, she gets a surprise for her 27th birthday present, as she ends up being evicted from the mansion for "being too old." She's told that 27 years is like 59 in bunny years.

With little life skills and fading looks, she makes her way around Los Angeles until she finds herself a new job.

She stumbles upon a sorority house that resembles her previous home, and discovers there's an opening as a house mother.

Of course, this has to be one of the most unpopular sororities, Zeta Alpha Zeta, consisting of seven social misfits.

Shelley is told by head misfit Natalie (Emma Stone) that they need 23 more pledges or they are ousted by the popular Pi Alphu Mu sorority.

Other sorority sisters to note are Mona (Kat Dennings), Joanne (Rumer Willis) and Harmony (Katharine McPhee). Yes, there are some "American Idol" references hidden in this film.

Shelley gets to work dressing up the girls in outfits similar to hers, which gets the boys' attention. However, they decide to team up to teach Shelley that guys like girls with brains as well.

"The House Bunny" is actually original, fresh and funnier than I thought it would be. Just because it has the Playboy aura surrounding it, this film is great for anyone to see, including teen girls.

It's a nice venture for Faris to take ahold of, as she does a terrific job playing Shelley. There've been some early comparisons to Faris becoming the next Goldie Hawn, and that can happen with good roles like this one.

This film has a "Revenge Of The Nerds" feel to it, with the main focus being mostly women. However, it's not offensive due to the comedic chops of Faris along with the surrounding cast of characters.

Speaking of which, this film has such names like Rumer Willis, Beverly D'Angelo and Christopher McDonald. The latter two definitely make up the villains to Faris' Shelley, but she has her own sidekick in love interest Oliver (Colin Hanks), another good name.

If you want to see a cute, feel-good movie that doesn't require a lot of thought and will leave you with a smile on your face, this is the movie to see. You'll laugh out loud at much of the humor, and you'll fall in love with Anna Faris.

The soundtrack is totally awesome as well, with such songs like McPhee's version of "I Know What Boys Like," along with Ting Ting's "Shut Up And Let Me Go," Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend."

Faris wheels and deals a good game and "The House Bunny" gets the message across at three out of four stars.

"The House Bunny" is rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language. Running time is 1 hour, 38 minutes.

Last week's No. 1 film, DreamWorks' "Tropic Thunder" held the top spot for a second straight week with $16.1 million -- its two week total topping $66 million.

The blockbuster film of the summer, Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight," earned $11 million while finishing in fourth place. In its sixth week at the box officer, "The Dark Knight" is estimated to earn over $500 million sometime later this week.

Another Sony Pictures' film, "Pineapple Express," slipped from the top five to No. 6 with $5.7 million, bringing its three-week total to $74 million.

Universal Pictures' "The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor" rounds out the top ten with $4 million, as it inches closer to the $100 million mark in its month-long run.

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Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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