As with all Aspects of Life, This TV Host Needs to Transform to Keep Up with the Times on Late Night
LATE NIGHT opens June 7th in NY/LA and expands nationwide on June 14th.
I went to an early screening to see “Late Night” staring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling and John Lithgow. When Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) finds her ratings falling after many years of being at the top of her game, she is forced to reconsider how she is doing things. Can she re-invent herself to liven the show up? And if so, how will she do it and at what cost. It’s a lesson we all face in life, sometimes many times. Can we learn to trust the process to become who we really are?
I loved this movie! There were a lot of difficult issues discussed and played out, but there was always the humor in it all to keep it real. I laughed, I cheered and I felt the real pain of life being lived through it all. This was a well put together story and my favorite chick-flick so far this year! Bravo!
Studio: Amazon Studios
Run time: 102 Minutes
Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
Written by: Mindy Kaling
Cast: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Ryan, Denis O’Hare, Reid Scott
Genre: Comedy, Drama
After almost 30 years, a groundbreaking talk-show host suspects she may soon be losing her coveted seat on late-night television unless she manages a game-changing transformation in Late Night, the first feature film from Emmy-nominated writer and producer Mindy Kaling.
Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newberry (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson) is a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on late night, she keeps her writers’ room on a short leash ― and all male. But when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant efficiency expert from suburban Pennsylvania, as the first and only female on her writing staff. With rumors swirling that Katherine is being replaced by a younger, hipper male host, she demands that the writers make her funny and relevant again. A lifelong fan, Molly is determined to prove she’s not just a diversity hire, but the one person who can turn her idol’s career around. Going against everything Katherine has staked her reputation on, she urges her to make the show more contemporary, authentic and personal, a move that could make Molly’s career ― or send her back to the chemical plant for good.
**Full Disclosure: I received a free screening to this movie in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.