Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
"There’s much to love about this sparky US entertainment industry satire, not least the fact that it contains Emma Thompson wearing a razor-tailored tuxedo and swearing her face off. Taking the Devil Wears Prada model of the outsider who finds herself in a closed-circle work environment and proceeds to shake things up, the film places Molly (Mindy Kaling, who also penned the screenplay), a female Indian-American chemical plant worker, within the comedy bro banter hothouse of a writer’s room for a late-night TV chatshow."
"Katherine Newbury, the broadcasting legend played by Emma Thompson in “Late Night,” is the first-ever, longest-running female host of a post-primetime network talk show. A onetime peer and rival of Leno and Letterman, she has outlasted them, surviving into the era of Fallon and Colbert."
"‘I wish I was a woman of colour so I could get a job with zero qualification!” The authentic voice of establishment self-pity is given here in all its foot-stamping shrillness. Mindy Kaling is the writer and star of this warm and witty film, playing Molly, a South-Asian-American would-be comedy writer who, against all odds, gets a job in an all-white environment, and it’s one of her resentful new male colleagues making the sarky crack about how lucky women of colour are."
"As a veteran TV comedy writer on The Office (US) and her own The Mindy Project, ..."
"Alongside film-making debuts from established actors and slow-burn word of mouth scary movies, Sundance is a festival primed for at least one crowd-pleasing comedy. In previous years, audiences and critics have roared along to Little Miss Sunshine, Happy, Texas, Juno, Patti Cake$, The Big Sick and Napoleon Dynamite."