Girth mirth wears thin
There’s very few belly laughs in fat jokes, Rebel, writes
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.
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Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash and Rebel Wilson