LATE NIGHT

Bangor Mail - - The film review -

★★★★★

(15) TUNE into this com­edy-drama to watch Emma Thomp­son dig deep into her stand-up comic roots to com­pen­sate for the de­fi­cien­cies of a wellinten­tioned but tame and clumsy script.

The two-time Os­car win­ner plays a late-night chat-show host whose rat­ings’ slump threat­ens the shut­down of her ca­reer. In des­per­a­tion, she hires an in­ex­pe­ri­enced woman of colour to freshen up her writ­ing team of en­ti­tled white guys.

Scriptwrit­er and ac­tor Mindy Kal­ing plays the ea­ger Molly Pa­tel, and her screen­play draws heav­ily on her own ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing hired as a writer of the US ver­sion of TV’s The Of­fice.

How­ever, her mil­len­nial point of view pa­tro­n­ises Thomp­son’s char­ac­ter and her age group by sug­gest­ing a mid­dle-aged woman wouldn’t com­pre­hend the im­por­tance of so­cial me­dia after a 20-year ca­reer in en­ter­tain­ment.

Im­por­tant points are made about em­ploy­ment in­equal­ity, but for a room full of sup­posed com­edy writ­ers, this is in­suf­fi­ciently funny.

Dame Emma Thomp­son as Katherine New­bury

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