LATE NIGHT

Bangor Mail - - The Film Review -

★★★★★

(15) FOR al­most 30 years, Kather­ine New­bury (Dame Emma Thomp­son, right) has presided over an award-win­ning talk show.

Un­for­tu­nately, rat­ings have plum­meted and net­work pres­i­dent Caroline Mor­ton (Amy Ryan) de­cides to re­place Kather­ine with edgy stand-up co­me­dian Daniel Ten­nant (Ike Bar­in­holtz). Faced with the re­al­ity of re­lin­quish­ing her crown at the end of the cur­rent sea­son, Kather­ine vows to re­verse the show’s for­tunes.

“There aren’t any women on the staff be­cause you hate women,” ob­serves long-suf­fer­ing pro­ducer Brad (De­nis O’Hare), so Kather­ine or­ders him to ad­dress the im­bal­ance.

Molly Pa­tel (Mindy Kal­ing), an ef­fi­ciency ex­pert at a chem­i­cal plant in Penn­syl­va­nia with no writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond her own stand-up ma­te­rial, is in the right place at the right time. She joins an all-white male writ­ers’ room led by Tom Camp­bell (Reid Scott). Fel­low writ­ers dis­miss Molly as a token hire but col­league Char­lie Fain (Hugh Dancy) is more open-minded.

Molly en­cour­ages Kather­ine to mine per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to re­con­fig­ure the pub­lic’s per­cep­tion.

Late Night is a sparkling show­case for an en­sem­ble cast led by the lu­mi­nous Thomp­son and Kal­ing.

Re­views by Da­mon Smith.

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