Super Fun Night

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Rebel Wilson's misfit humor mixes with dating, sex jokes.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Pro-misfits. Some mixed messages about body size with plenty of fat jokes, but the main character is making the jokes (and the actress is writing them). Female friendships are celebrated, but women also are rivals for a man.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The trio of female friends are supportive of each other and try their best to be good people.

Violence

Some cartoonish violence, such as a giant light fixture almost falling on someone's head.

Sex

Flirting, dating, sexual competitiveness, and sexual jokes such as referring to certain types of sex as "butt stuff."

Language

Some cursing, though not in anger, as when one friend says her pals are "bitching and moaning."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many scenes take place in bars and make light of drinking; one character says drinking "kills neurons" but then shows up later slurring her words and "drunk dialing."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Fun Night celebrates female misfits and includes a lot of sexual humor though not so many sexual situations. The humor here is largely lighthearted and absurd, although there are many fat jokes, often made by the plus-size main female character herself. Because of the gentle tone of most of the show, the jokes don't come off as cruel, but parents still may want to watch with younger viewers. There is some cursing, and many scenes take place in bars, where characters drink, sometimes to excess.

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What's the story?

At work, Kimmie Boubier (Aussie comic Rebel Wilson) is doing great: She just got a plum promotion that landed her on the executive floor of her legal firm. But back home she's single, looking for love, and spending all her free time with her two best friends, boisterous tennis coach Marika (Lauren Ash) and serious, intense Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira). Every night they spend together is a SUPER FUN NIGHT, such as the time they make it out to a piano bar for karaoke to help Kimmie get over her stage fright. Back at work, Kimmie is nursing a possibly hopeless crush on coworker Richard (Kevin Bishop), who may have a thing for the office's requisite thin-and-perfect mean girl Kendall (Kate Jenkinson).

Is it any good?

It's practically impossible to watch Rebel Wilson doing just about anything and not love her. Something that would be a stale fat joke in anyone else's hands, such as a visual gag with her trying to put on a pair of Spanx, is hilarious when Wilson's involved. Not only is she in on the jokes about herself, she's making them. She finds it funny to present herself as such a clueless misfit loser because it's so clear she's nothing of the sort.

However, the comedy built around her is pretty slight. For example, Super Fun Night milks the concept of drunk dialing, something that might have been amusing circa 1992. Also, though Wilson's Kimmie does need an enemy to rail against for dramatic purposes, does it have to be a skinny female bully? That good girl vs. mean girl dynamic is pretty trope-ish and tired by now. It'd be more fun to watch Kimmie vs. The World than two women pitched against each other and battling for a man's attention. Still, watching Wilson is always a pleasure, and so Super Fun Night is worth a look.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why large people are so seldom seen on TV though they're so common in real life. Why are the people who appear on television always so thin? Are they thinner than the people you know? Why is it so unusual to see a large person, particularly a large woman, on television?

  • Is the audience supposed to like Kimmie? Do you think she likes herself? Is she supposed to be a relatable character that we sympathize with or one that we laugh at?

  • Compare Super Fun Night with a glossier show about female friendships such as Sex and the City. How is it alike? How is it different?

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