Super fun or super blah? That has been the typical reaction to Rebel Wilson’s new show, Super Fun Night Viewers seem to be unsure of how to feel about it, implying that it is neither impressive nor dreadful. The Pitch Perfect star is known for her humorous performances and is quite popular among those who enjoy her type of humor. The show had very high expectations, and perhaps that is what has lead to some disappointment. Nevertheless, Wilson’s first attempt at writing and starring in her own show is nowhere near awful and may just mature into comedic gold.
In her show, Rebel plays Kimmie, a lawyer who has never had a boyfriend and is a little immature for her professional environment. In true Rebel fashion, many of the jokes are at her own expense and may not impress those who are familiar with her work and have seen it before. Those who don’t enjoy her type of humor might just find it straight up boring. The writing can seem a bit simplistic and dull at times, but the show is still enjoyable to watch because Rebel Wilson is a treat in herself.
Kimmie has two roommates- Helen-Alice and Marika- who are just as desperate as Kimmie herself. One can’t help but feel for Kimmie as rival Kendall (played by Kate Jenkinson, who fits the mold perfectly) gives Kimmie a hard time. Kendall also battles for the attention of Richard, a co-worker both girls have their sights set on. Overall, the actors are successfully roled and make the show funny- lack of talent is definitely not an issue in this series.
In a recent episode, Kimmie and her roommates sign up together for a ‘group dating’ website. When they get no hits, Kimmie embellishes their profiles and makes them sound like models and exotic, successful beauties. This nets them dates at a karaoke club that Friday, and Kimmie starts freaking out about their dates and singing in front of people. Kimmie invites Kendall who declines, saying she’s busy, but then she shows up at the club to upstage and embarrass Kimmie. This almost backfires as Kimmie’s rendition of Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love” was quite good. Not good enough, though, as Kendall walks away smugly, trophy in hand. This is fine, because the girls are ready to head home for their ‘consolation pizzas’, and Kendall invites herself along.
“It’s consolation pizza, Kendall. It’s not for winners,” was Richard’s witty reply. It was also sufficiently satisfying to see Kendall knocked down a peg, despite her vocal victory.
Hearing Wilson sing is always wonderful, and the show holds potential if Wilson improves her writing a bit. While impressive in Wilson’s dedication and hard work, the show’s plots are a tad stale and the humor is nothing we haven’t seen from Wilson before. For example, when asked what exactly she ‘wouldn’t do for love’, she plainly replied “butt stuff”. While enjoyable, there’s only so many times butt jokes are funny for audiences. Hopefully there will be some ‘consolation pizzas’ on hand if Super Fun Night doesn’t take off. Here’s to hoping it does- Wilson is a very unique television personality who is good at what she does. Click here to watch this and other great television programming with Dish Network Packages.