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We loved Rebel Wilson in Bridesmaids, we loved her in Pitch Perfect and we loved her as the host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. As far as her new ABC sitcom Super Fun Night is concerned, however, we only like her — at least based on the Oct. 2 series premiere — but we’re leaving room to upgrade that to love as the weeks go on.
On paper, Super Fun Night should be a golden half hour of TV, capitalizing on Rebel’s supreme awkwardness, which she’s gotten down to a science at this point. Her goofy lawyer character Kimmie has always been a homebody — along with her two friends, Marika (Lauren Ash) and Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) — but when her new promotion forces her out of the house, she and her friends vow to make every Friday a “super fun night.”
Kimmie’s life is made more complicated by her goings-on at work, which include a crush on a handsome Brit named Richard (Kevin Bishop), and a pseudo-rivalry with office mean-girl Kendall (Kate Jenkinson).
This premise, while simple, is fun and leaves the door open for all kinds of wacky scenarios designed to make us laugh until we pee. But as you’ll note in the following reviews, very few critics are peeing over Super Fun Night. In fact, there’s nary a wet seat in the house.
‘Super Fun Night’ Review Round-Up
Most simply said, Happy Endings (and alllll the Modern Family lead-outs that came before/after it) has been replaced with a live-action cartoon, a series with three lead characters that are so off the wall they are not to be believed, let alone rooted for. (Marika uses a tennis racquet bag as a purse, for heaven’s sake, and every line out of her mouth hints at family incest and/or bi-curiosity.)
The obvious goal is to get the audience rooting for and identifying with Kimmie and her pals. … Yet while Wilson’s boisterous personality can’t help but occasionally charm, the material is relatively slight, and having now seen two stabs at establishing the central trio, one fears the idea bank isn’t nearly as deep as it should be.
The writers seem determined to stuff [Kimmie] into a conceit as restrictive as the Spanx she also feels obligated to wear. Having stripped Wilson of her signature Aussie accent for no good reason, the basic story line trots her back about 10 years, to the dark ages before geeks ruled the earth and McCarthy was a franchise.
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HollywoodLifers, do you agree with these critics, or did you enjoy Rebel‘s new comedy? Drop a comment with your review of Super Fun Night below:
— Andy Swift