Mindy Kaling and Dame Emma Thompson dish up pure comic gold while re-imagining the male-dominated world of the chat show. “Late Night” is warm, witty and funny and on no account do you need to be a champion for diversity or equality in the workplace to appreciate the film.
Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury is an acerbic, detached talk-show host who is facing declining rating’s, she is out of touch with the real world and is shortly will to be replaced. Katherine has her all-male team of writers with whom she has little patience or even knowledge of their names, quickly assigning them numbers 1-10 instead, she enters her writer’s room realising that she is need of fresh talent, a woman if possible.
In come’s Molly Patel, played by Mindy Kaling, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed determined to make an impact and leave her mind-numbing factory job somewhere outside of Manhattan behind her. Emma and Mindy have great on-screen comedy, facial expressions, comedic timing all works perfectly well.
Although the team of all male, white writers are resistant to let Molly join the ranks she does quickly becoming an ally of the team. The film seems to have captured the world that Mindy Kaling has been operating in terms of her own career and having watched the film with fellow writers and people of colour who are trying to climb the slippery slopes of the Film and TV, we can confirm the “harmless” passive-aggressive comments made towards “diversity hires” are completely authentic.
Equally entertaining are the many scenes where political correctness is completely sent up by the Katherine Newby’s “White Saviour” segments that she produces in an attempt to connect with a wider and younger audience. A female buddy movie with the lightest of touch that tackles plenty of issues in the workplace as well as being hugely entertaining.