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By Rich Heldenfels Published: October 2, 2013

A couple of premieres tonight: the reboot of "Ironside," which I reviewed here, and "Super Fun Night," the new comedy from and starring Rebel Wilson.

You may remember Wilson from a small role in "Bridesmaids" or, more importantly, a major role in "Pitch Perfect." She played Fat Amy, whose very name was her taking control of herself and her body by stealing the name she suspected the skinny-minnies called her behind her back. She was confident, she was largely fearless and she was comfortable in her own skin. This was one of the things that made "Pitch Perfect" a good movie for young women; there was no mocking of body types, and a celebration of all kinds.

Unfortunately, the episode I have seen of "Super Fun Night" has none of that. This time, Wilson's character is uncertain. She is a social loser. She is mocked behind her back. Yes, she has the attention of a major male character, but her context is defined more by having two friends who are also, in the great scheme of things, losers -- socially awkward to an extreme degree.  While we could talk about other flaws in the show -- it's not especially funny, for one thing -- the biggest drawback is its falling back into old stereotypes about people and status. Which makes it even more unfunny.

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