In light of the new television series, The Playboy Club (Premiering on NBC September 19th at 10/9c), we’ve decided to make a list of our favorite Playboy appearances. Playboy appears in a variety of forms, from the magazine to bunnies to the Mansion to cameos by Hugh M. Hefner, the man behind the bowtie.
Though Legally Blonde isn’t one of our favorite movies, or really a movie that we’ve seen more than once, we couldn’t ignore its influence. Even before The Girls Next Door series made the Playboy brand popular again, Reese Witherspoon sports this classic bunny costume to what-she-thinks-is-a-costume party, and she rocks it.
Woody, a pool cleaner, tells two aliens, Wiploc and Zeebo, to go in the gas station and get some grub. For some reason, Zeebo is carrying a toy gun with him as the aliens barge in on the gas station attendant reading a Playboy magazine. Thinking he’s being robbed, the gas station attendant hands the aliens the entire cash drawer and candy. Wiploc notices the magazine laying on the counter and grabs it before they exit.
House Bunny’s plot revolves around a Playboy bunny who is declared too old to live in the Mansion anymore and is evicted. As Anna Faris’s character works to figure out who she is without the support and dreams of Hef and Playboy, she finds herself at a sorority house (a mini-Mansion!) in need of a house mother. Hilarity ensues.
During the opening credits of “Howard the Duck”, we are bombarded by “punny” duck versions of many brands, music, and movies that were prominent in the 80′s. Do you think they would pass on Playboy…err Playduck? The magazine was one of the last things Howard saw before being sucked away from Duckworld.
While messing around with their computer, Wyatt and Gary decide to create a woman. They hack the power company to supercharge the computer, and Gary gets the idea to feed the computer information. The first thing they do is head to a locked chest and open it. Voila! there’s a massive collection of 80′s Playboy magazines that they cut up to create Lisa, the perfect woman.
During a narrative by Billy Dee Williams, we learn that Leon Phelps was dropped off at the Playboy Mansion as a baby. After years of hanging out with Hugh Hefner and the bunnies, he left as a man…a ladies man. While they don’t mention Playboy at all, it’s pretty obvious that it is the Mansion, the bunnies, and Mr. Hefner. The movie’s IMDB page lists Hugh Hefner as a character. If it’s good enough for IMDB, it’s good enough for us.
Tom Selleck plays a best-selling (though currently struggling) mystery writer. In one of the less traditional Playboy appearances on this list, we get a shot of the classic three-columned interview page which appears in every Playboy issue. We really appreciate that here the Playboy stereotype is being broken a little bit as a man is being showcased in the magazine.
There’s a moment in the movie where Axel Foley, Taggart, and Billy Rosewood (disguised as a pool cleaning team) enter the Playboy Mansion. After they finish admiring the bunnies, the cops find the bad guy and make a ruckus. Out of nowhere, Hugh Hefner butts in, asks if there’s a problem and kicks both the cops and the bad guys out. Axel and Hef should do a spin off movie together. Hey, it’s gotta be better than Beverly Hills Cop III.
Zach Cregger plays a man, Eugene Bell, who wakes up from a coma to find out (from his best friend and Playboy’s #1 fan Tucker Cleigh played by Trevor Moore) that his high-school sweetheart is now a Playboy centerfold. This movie oozes with Playboy, from the magazine to the Playboy philosophy to the classic pipe to a party at the Mansion to Playmate of the Year Sara Underwood and a moving appearance by Hef, who gives an inspirational speech towards the end of the movie. “There’s a bunny deep down inside each and every woman.”
We’ve chosen Adventures in Babysitting for our number one spot because the usage of Playboy is by far the most creative of the bunch. Chris plays a senior in high school and babysitter who, throughout the film, is mistaken for a Playboy centerfold. The magazine shows up in many scenes in different contexts and is essential to the otherwise wholesome plot.