“Late Nite”–movie review   1 comment

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Sometimes a smart script undoes a movie and to a certain degree that is what happens with the screenplay by Mindy Kaling. All films usually have a backstory or a preface or a setup to explain where the movie is going but in “Late Nite”, a 102-minute movie, you can come in at the 45-minute mark and know exactly where and why it is heading. The problem with that is you would miss an additional 45 minutes or so looking and listening to Emma Thompson.

Having accomplished actors like Emma Thompson and Joth Lithgow isn’t fair to newer actors because, first of all, they have that indefinable ‘it’ that makes you look at them no matter who else is on the screen plus they have the expertise, the experience, to work the camera. There are quite a few professional, long time actors like Denis O’Hare, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan, just to name a few, in this comedy about a late-night talk show host(ess) who may lose her longtime position because she has become out of touch with her audience and modern digital media.

Katherine Newbury (Thompson) has an all-white male writing staff and deciding, being told, to become more relevant she hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling) who, with her youth and inexperience as a writer, brings an adversary worthy of her boss. The exchanges between Thompson and Kaling are fast, funny and, when necessary, touching.

Kaling’s script touches on many of today’s issues regarding women in the workforce, the restrictions put on them, men not knowing how to work with women bosses and, in some cases, not respecting the women they work with. It doesn’t get too heavy and the fact that it is a comedy is not forgotten but too many issues are resolved in a Hollywood way and much too quickly.

Nisha Ganatra directs the film at the right beats knowing when to pick up the pace at a bit of slapstick or slowing it down at a serious moment between husband and wife. The soundtrack is great and I say that not remembering if there was any music except for the band when Katherine makes her entrance at the beginning of her show!

“Late Nite” is a pleasing movie with humor, along with serious discussions of today’s women in the world, and Emma Thompson’s exchanges with Mindy Kaling and co-workers, including her boss, not to forget the tender moments with John Lithgow. Hopefully, Thompson will be remembered at award time.


Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, who is a legendary late-night talk show host, whose world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer played by Kaling. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.


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Posted June 14, 2019 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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  1. I love Emma so it can’t be all bad…

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