Girth mirth wears thin

There’s very few belly laughs in fat jokes, Rebel, writes

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TOO of­ten, Aus­tralian Rebel Wil­son flashes a huge, em­bar­rassed grin that eerily re­calls another portly co­me­dian, the late John Candy. That’s off-putting enough, com­ing from the char­ac­ter she plays on her new TV com­edy Su­per Fun Night: an over-ea­ger young woman en­ter­ing the so­cial whirl.

Worse, Wil­son has bur­dened Kim­mie Bou­bier with con­stant tire­some ref­er­ences to her less-than-per­fect physique. Wil­son doesn’t put Kim­mie’s high spir­its cen­trestage, but in­stead her girth. Enough is enough and then some.

Su­per Fun Night, cen­tres on Kim­mie, an un­ac­count­ably suc­cess­ful New York lawyer who af­ter work ex­ists in a sort of bub­ble with two gal pals, wispy He­len-Alice (Liza Lapira) and man­nish Marika (Lauren Ash). None has gone out so­cially, they note, since join­ing forces for Prom Night 13 years be­fore.

In­stead, they con­vene at one of their apart­ments rit­u­ally each Fri­day. Pretty sad.

But now Kim­mie is mov­ing up in her law firm. She de­cides it’s time to break out of her so­cial co­coon and take her two friends along for the ride as she lives life and chases ro­mance.

Get­ting there calls for Kim­mie to en­gage in bru­tal sight gags, like the el­e­va­tor doors at her of­fice rip­ping off her dress in front of the co-worker she is smit­ten with.

This brand of graphic self-abase­ment would make Girls starex­hi­bi­tion­ist Lena Dunham cringe.

Wil­son (who made her name out­side her na­tive Aus­tralia with the films Pitch Per­fect and Brides­maids) has charm. But she un­der­mines Kim­mie with an air of des­per­a­tion, then seals it with the fat jokes.

From Jackie Glea­son to Melissa McCarthy, the verdict is in: fat peo­ple can be ri­otously funny. But there is noth­ing funny about fat, per se, any more than skinny, tall or short.

Wil­son should let Kim­mie be more than a ve­hi­cle for fat hu­mour. Maybe then Su­per Fun Night would be fun.

Su­per Fun Night: Tues­days, 8pm, Nine, NBN Su­per Fun Night Tues­day 8pm, Nine, NBN Aus­tralian Rebel Wil­son’s new com­edy se­ries about friends who head out on the town for Fri­day fun. Won­der­land Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC Travel down the rab­bit hole and see this new TV ver­sion of Alice in Won­der­land play out over weekly in­stal­ments. Stars Brit-born Aus­tralian So­phie Lowe.

Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash and Rebel Wil­son

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