A Tale of Two Bunnies (2000)
Bunny in the Lights
When Ruby (Julie Condra) goes to see her boss at the clothes factory with a way to improve the clothes they make she ends up getting sacked. In need of work she sees an advertisement for bunny girls and persuades her friend Holly (Marina Black - The Trail to Hope Rose) to go with her to the interview despite feeling uncomfortable about parading around half naked. Having got through the interview they are put through their paces by Bunny mum Miranda (Marilu Henner) and dresser Thelma (Rhea Perlman) where they soon learn that being bunny girls is not simple as there are a plethora of rules from no gum to pointing your tale which you must obey.
My first impression of "A Tale of Two Bunnies" was that it was going to be 90 minutes of corny torture as the opening scene introduces us to Ruby and Holly watching the well to do in their furs and between bitching about their fashion sense and imagining themselves in their place it was forced. The corny keeps on coming with some scenes which have no purpose other than to try and amuse such us as one involving stuffing candy canes in their mouths. But stick with it as whilst "A Tale of Two Bunnies" which is also known as "The Price of Beauty" is not great entertainment has energy, good music, plenty of fun and well young women in Bunny outfits.
Now that energy comes initially from the fun of Ruby and Holly learning to be bunny girls which thanks to the introduction of Rhea Perlman and Marilu Henner lifts off with plenty of fun lines. But there is more than energy to the movie as we have the story unfolding with one of the girls surprisingly excelling at being a bunny girl whilst the other finds herself becoming distracted by the glitz. And at the heart of this is a message of if you really set your mind to something you can achieve what you want. Don't worry as it is not deep for a minute, there is romance as well and basically it has a wonderful nostalgic feel which keeps it moving along.
Now for me Rhea Perlman and Marilu Henner make the movie as they lift it with their experience but the youthful duo of Julie Condra and Marina Black are a lot fun. The way Marina Black as Holly looks like a bunny staring into the headlights of an on coming car is amusing whilst Julie Condra display of confidence as Ruby immediately makes us question where this journey will lead her.
What this all boils down to is that "A Tale of Two Bunnies" is surprisingly a lot of fun which whilst often corny is actually also endearing.
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