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By Sam Adams and Sam Adams,Special to The Los Angeles Times | August 29, 2008
The weeks before Labor Day at movie theaters tend to be a dumping ground for critical duds. But when it opened last week, The House Bunny won surprisingly strong notices for star Anna Faris. Although reviews of the movie were mixed overall, critics singled out Faris' turn as a bubble-headed Playboy bunny, praising her as a worthy heir to such dizzy dames as Carole Lombard and Judy Holliday. For the Baltimore native, playing dumb has been a smart move. Best known for her recurring role in the Scary Movie franchise, Faris has established herself as an expert in the art of blissful ignorance, whether she's playing a vacuous pop star in Just Friends or bringing a rare moment of comic relief to Brokeback Mountain.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Anna Faris is happy making people laugh. Three years ago, the Baltimore native, who moved with her family to Seattle at age 5, was considering a biopic of adult film actress Linda Lovelace. With small parts in two acclaimed dramas under her belt ("Lost In Translation" and "Brokeback Mountain"), Faris was ready to give drama a try. But since then, Lindsay Lohan got attached to the project Faris was considering (she's no longer connected, with Malin Ackerman now the leading contender for the role)
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 14, 2006
Spoofs are, at once, both the easiest to watch and the hardest to perfect of all comedy films. They're easy to watch because they move rapidly, depend on characters and situations we're already familiar with, and have only one purpose: to make the viewer laugh. But they're hard to get just right because what one person finds funny, another will find simply stupid. And if the audience isn't familiar with the source material, most of the jokes will simply fly over their heads. Scary Movie 4 (Dimension Films)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | April 10, 2009
O bserve and Report is a static one-ring circus revolving around a ringmaster who's also a low clown. Seth Rogen, as mall security chief Ronnie Barnhardt, jiggles his flab, flexes his muscles and practices intimidation as he searches for a serial flasher in a case that he hopes will make his career in law enforcement. This film isn't the most awful comedy of the year (that would be Bride Wars or New in Town), but it may have the grossest antihero. The writer-director, Jody Hill, may think he's a risk-taking moviemaker, building a farce around an armed security guard with a Messiah complex.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 9, 2006
ANNA FARIS WOULD like to be taken seriously. Despite the odds, she may get her wish. The wholesomely beautiful actress has parlayed an ability to seem cheerfully obtuse into a blossoming career. Fans of broad humor already know her as the star of the Scary Movie franchise, a series of horror-movie spoofs that in its first three installments has earned nearly $338 million at the U.S. box office. With Friday's scheduled opening of the latest chapter, Scary Movie 4, the Baltimore native will return to the screen once again as the eternally naive, heedlessly happy Cindy Campbell, a literal-minded small-town girl who ends up the butt of some of the most outrageous comedy in the Scary Movies.
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By Michael Ordona and Michael Ordona,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 22, 2008
"Being a centerfold is the highest and most prestigious honor there is," uber-blond Shelley earnestly declares. "It says, 'I'm naked in the middle of a magazine. Unfold me!' " Such is the glazed-eyed charm of House Bunny, which is factory made, nothing new and really funny. The familiar plot finds a misfit sorority about to lose its house unless it can suddenly become popular. Enter Shelley, a sweetly vacant exile from the paradise called the Playboy Mansion, who is just spunky and sexy enough to solve everyone's problems.
NEWS
By CHRIS KALTENBACH | December 16, 2008
The House Bunny Starring Anna Faris, Colin Hanks. Directed by Fred Wolf. Released by Sony $29.96 (Blu-ray $39.95) *** 1/2 DVDS Baltimore's own Anna Faris is funny, beguiling and sexy in The House Bunny (in stores Friday), as a former Playboy Playmate exiled from the mansion for being too old - she's 27, which is 59 in bunny years. With nowhere else to go, she moves into a campus sorority house run by the hapless Zetas and finds her talents welcome in ways she never thought possible (relax, it's rated PG-13, so stash all those unduly salacious thoughts elsewhere)
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By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | October 24, 2003
Films like Scary Movie 3 aren't movies so much as purging rituals for consumers gorged on pop cultural ephemera. You don't patronize such enterprises in search of refinement or sophisticated discourse on genre conventions. You go to wallow in the silliness. This time, David Zucker, the veteran goofball behind Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, picks up where the Wayans brothers left off. For whatever reason, the change gives the franchise a noticeable spring to its step - though such things are relative when the corn is high and the comedy is low. The corn, by the way, is in the back yard of a widowed minister-turned-farmer (Charlie Sheen)
NEWS
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | April 10, 2009
O bserve and Report is a static one-ring circus revolving around a ringmaster who's also a low clown. Seth Rogen, as mall security chief Ronnie Barnhardt, jiggles his flab, flexes his muscles and practices intimidation as he searches for a serial flasher in a case that he hopes will make his career in law enforcement. This film isn't the most awful comedy of the year (that would be Bride Wars or New in Town), but it may have the grossest antihero. The writer-director, Jody Hill, may think he's a risk-taking moviemaker, building a farce around an armed security guard with a Messiah complex.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2000
A little restraint would have done wonders for "Scary Movie," a raunchfest that skewers "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "The Matrix," beer commercials, "The Blair Witch Project," "The Sixth Sense," BET and just about every other pop-culture phenomena of the past few years. Make that a lot of restraint. As brilliant as some of the film's parodies are - and you will laugh, no matter how hard you may try not to - the film resorts so often to scatological humor and gross-out cheap shots that it's those moments you'll walk out of the theater remembering.
NEWS
By CHRIS KALTENBACH | December 16, 2008
The House Bunny Starring Anna Faris, Colin Hanks. Directed by Fred Wolf. Released by Sony $29.96 (Blu-ray $39.95) *** 1/2 DVDS Baltimore's own Anna Faris is funny, beguiling and sexy in The House Bunny (in stores Friday), as a former Playboy Playmate exiled from the mansion for being too old - she's 27, which is 59 in bunny years. With nowhere else to go, she moves into a campus sorority house run by the hapless Zetas and finds her talents welcome in ways she never thought possible (relax, it's rated PG-13, so stash all those unduly salacious thoughts elsewhere)
NEWS
By Sam Adams and Sam Adams,Special to The Los Angeles Times | August 29, 2008
The weeks before Labor Day at movie theaters tend to be a dumping ground for critical duds. But when it opened last week, The House Bunny won surprisingly strong notices for star Anna Faris. Although reviews of the movie were mixed overall, critics singled out Faris' turn as a bubble-headed Playboy bunny, praising her as a worthy heir to such dizzy dames as Carole Lombard and Judy Holliday. For the Baltimore native, playing dumb has been a smart move. Best known for her recurring role in the Scary Movie franchise, Faris has established herself as an expert in the art of blissful ignorance, whether she's playing a vacuous pop star in Just Friends or bringing a rare moment of comic relief to Brokeback Mountain.
FEATURES
By Michael Ordona and Michael Ordona,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 22, 2008
"Being a centerfold is the highest and most prestigious honor there is," uber-blond Shelley earnestly declares. "It says, 'I'm naked in the middle of a magazine. Unfold me!' " Such is the glazed-eyed charm of House Bunny, which is factory made, nothing new and really funny. The familiar plot finds a misfit sorority about to lose its house unless it can suddenly become popular. Enter Shelley, a sweetly vacant exile from the paradise called the Playboy Mansion, who is just spunky and sexy enough to solve everyone's problems.
FEATURES
By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 14, 2006
Spoofs are, at once, both the easiest to watch and the hardest to perfect of all comedy films. They're easy to watch because they move rapidly, depend on characters and situations we're already familiar with, and have only one purpose: to make the viewer laugh. But they're hard to get just right because what one person finds funny, another will find simply stupid. And if the audience isn't familiar with the source material, most of the jokes will simply fly over their heads. Scary Movie 4 (Dimension Films)
NEWS
By CHRIS KALTENBACH and CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | April 9, 2006
ANNA FARIS WOULD like to be taken seriously. Despite the odds, she may get her wish. The wholesomely beautiful actress has parlayed an ability to seem cheerfully obtuse into a blossoming career. Fans of broad humor already know her as the star of the Scary Movie franchise, a series of horror-movie spoofs that in its first three installments has earned nearly $338 million at the U.S. box office. With Friday's scheduled opening of the latest chapter, Scary Movie 4, the Baltimore native will return to the screen once again as the eternally naive, heedlessly happy Cindy Campbell, a literal-minded small-town girl who ends up the butt of some of the most outrageous comedy in the Scary Movies.
FEATURES
By Gene Seymour and Gene Seymour,NEWSDAY | October 24, 2003
Films like Scary Movie 3 aren't movies so much as purging rituals for consumers gorged on pop cultural ephemera. You don't patronize such enterprises in search of refinement or sophisticated discourse on genre conventions. You go to wallow in the silliness. This time, David Zucker, the veteran goofball behind Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, picks up where the Wayans brothers left off. For whatever reason, the change gives the franchise a noticeable spring to its step - though such things are relative when the corn is high and the comedy is low. The corn, by the way, is in the back yard of a widowed minister-turned-farmer (Charlie Sheen)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Anna Faris is happy making people laugh. Three years ago, the Baltimore native, who moved with her family to Seattle at age 5, was considering a biopic of adult film actress Linda Lovelace. With small parts in two acclaimed dramas under her belt ("Lost In Translation" and "Brokeback Mountain"), Faris was ready to give drama a try. But since then, Lindsay Lohan got attached to the project Faris was considering (she's no longer connected, with Malin Ackerman now the leading contender for the role)
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By ROGER MOORE and ROGER MOORE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | July 21, 2006
G-Girl is faster than a speeding you-know-what. She can leap tall buildings in a, well, you remember. And she looks hot doing it. Uma Thurman hot. My Super Ex-Girlfriend (20th Century Fox) Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson. Directed by Ivan Reit man. Rated PG-13. Time 90 minutes.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2000
A little restraint would have done wonders for "Scary Movie," a raunchfest that skewers "Scream," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "The Matrix," beer commercials, "The Blair Witch Project," "The Sixth Sense," BET and just about every other pop-culture phenomena of the past few years. Make that a lot of restraint. As brilliant as some of the film's parodies are - and you will laugh, no matter how hard you may try not to - the film resorts so often to scatological humor and gross-out cheap shots that it's those moments you'll walk out of the theater remembering.
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