Late Night

Published October 11, 2019

Late Night

Film info

  • Title Late Night
  • Director Nisha Ganatra
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline They're giving comedy a rewrite

Katherine Newbury 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 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. Molly, wanting to prove she's not simply a diversity hire who's disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalising her show and career - and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:55 This is as far out as film concepts go - as if a woman would be allowed a late night talk show.
4:47 Are we supposed to be thinking she’s a bitch? Because I’m on board.
8:14 Oh god, I’m in love with everyone in this film. This is gonna be a long one.
12:17 “Comedy is the three and a half minute chunks of filler on TV between the commercials you sell.”
19:34 Can we have a TV show of just this writer’s room forever please.
26:29 I’d actually like to see the celebrity fitted sheet folding challenge, those things are impossible.
36:32 I mean, she’s right about not judging someone as stupid just because they make fluffy stuff.
39:03 “Just because I was lucky enough to get this job doesn’t mean I’m stupid enough to lose it.”
51:31 Incredible strength and morals.
1:02:48 She wearing Spice Girl shoes, are they back in fashion?
1:04:11 Knight does sound better than Dave.
1:07:11 I love random spaceman walking around in the back of shots.
1:16:53 Catharthasism. Interesting.
1:18:13 She just wants a hug and he’s walking around being an asshole… he can’t help it, he’s a comedian. Hilarious.
1:30:31 Those monologues are so important.
1:31:07 “Just give a damn.”


LOVED THIS. Loved, loved, loved it.

From start to finish.

Emma Thompson is a hero and Mindy Kaling’s writing just shines. The pair of them work well together and it’s a joy to watch their relationship gradually soften and warm.

There are equality and diversity issues confronted throughout but it’s not simple in-your-face stuff. Even Thompson’s character is both a victim but also complicit in bias.

The film is warm and funny, hard in places, emotional in others, and ultimately a really good piece about growing, changing, adapting, working hard, fitting in, pushing the boundaries, learning from mistakes, and ultimately just doing your absolute best.

Rating: 5 / 5

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