Late Night

Showed at Images 6/14/2019–6/27/2019

Starring: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan, Ike Barinholtz, John Early

Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newberry (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.

  • Director: Nisha Ganatra
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“Smartly sends up not just the cloistered world of late night television, but a current cultural climate struggling to evolve in a changing world. Stuffed with truisms and heart, “Late Night” is also the one thing that any and every late night talk show has to strive for: funny as hell, and with something to say.”

– Indiewire