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Late Night (2019)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 June 2019 (USA)
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A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

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Nisha Ganatra

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Mindy Kaling (screenplay by)
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Mindy Kaling Wins the IMDb STARmeter Award

The cast of Late Night chats about the film, and IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham presents the 2019 STARmeter Award in the Fan Favorite Category to star Mindy Kaling at Sundance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Thompson ... Katherine Newbury
Mindy Kaling ... Molly Patel
John Lithgow ... Walter Lovell
Hugh Dancy ... Charlie Fain
Reid Scott ... Tom Campbell
Denis O'Hare ... Brad
Max Casella ... Burditt
Paul Walter Hauser ... Mancuso
John Early ... Reynolds
Jia Patel ... Pavarti
Luke Slattery ... Hayes Campbell
Ike Barinholtz ... Daniel Tennant
Marc Kudisch ... Billy Kastner
Amy Ryan ... Caroline Morton
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Robin (as Megalyn Euchikunwoke)
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Storyline

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she's accused of being a "woman who hates women," she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and --presto!--Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine's all-male writers' room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Wanting to prove she's not merely a diversity hire who's disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, Molly is determined to help Katherine revitalize her show and career--and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

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They're giving comedy a rewrite.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Late Night See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$246,305, 9 June 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,998,531, 18 July 2019
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mindy Kaling wrote the role of Katherine specifically for Emma Thompson See more »

Goofs

In a scene late in the movie, Molly (Mindy Kaling) calls Tom (Reid Scott) "Dan" - possibly an homage to the character he plays on Veep. See more »

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Daniel Tennant: [Doing stand-up] So, I was watching 'Game Of Thrones' with my girlfriend and she goes "Oh, it's so unfair: only the women are getting naked." So I whipped out my nuts and she's like "oh my god, nuts!"
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Tough is not so bad in the hands of the gifted Emma Thompson.
10 June 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Your earnestness can be very hard to be around." Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson)

Molly (Mindy Kaling), a new writer on the old Katherine Newbury late night talk show, is as earnest as Katherine is tough. Despite firing Molly more than once for that honesty, Katherine calls her back each time for Molly's connection to contemporary social media culture, her youthful optimism, and most importantly--being a woman

Late Night is a savvy and witty deconstruction of the ego-driven talk show hosting and the relentless adjustment older hosts must make to contemporary culture and openness. Katherine's rapid fire, spit fire putdowns are worthy of screwball comedy and hosting invective best exemplified by an original host, Jack Parr. But, of course, her supercilious, caustic attitude is eventually what puts her on the employment chopping block.

Besides the aging business is her staffing challenge: all male writers, who never meet with their boss. The sexism usually suspected in the entertainment business is only too apparent when the camera pans the table of male writers. (It works both ways as she is thought not to like women anyway.) Their acceptance of Molly is cold and ignorant because she is warm, honest, and funny.

Molly's down-to-earth spunk gets the beleaguered host's attention. Although no audience will be surprised by the turn of events, the acting is so top flight and writing spot on that waiting for the next bit of humor is the chief delight. While the plot is formulaic, the two actresses command attention.

Because I loved the Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, uncompromisingly tough while being uncommonly talented, Katherine appeals to me. Tough is not bad, and it can be tamed for the times.

The theme of the need to love your fellow humans is clear and applicable to the audience and the characters alike. To the characters the theme becomes the powerful advice to get a life, a behavior that just may provide the skills necessary to keep a job and enjoy a life.

Late Night shows it's not too late to change, and the denouement is as positive as you might expect a comedy to offer. Although J K Simmons' Fletcher in Whiplash defines the tough teacher, Emma Thompson's Katherine takes the role of leader a step farther toward charity and happiness.


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