(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