Run time: 102 mins
Writer Mindy Kaling co-stars with Emma Thompson in this biting, feel-good satire of diversity and late night television.
After over thirty years at the top, late night’s only female host Katherine Newbury is being phased out by the network’s new president. Difficult to work for, Newbury is challenged to hire a female wordsmith to freshen up a white male-dominated writers room. When Molly Patel lands the dream job, her opinions about the show and its direction forward do not sit well with Newbury and her cohorts who initially refuse to welcome her modern approach. As the network moves to shift the show away from her, Katherine begins to embrace the bright personality and youthful perspective of her new colleague and the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
As Katherine, Emma Thompson is wonderful; commanding, imposing, casually cruel, she shows just enough of Katherine’s humanity for you to care. Kaling does a great job of conveying the neurotic, competitive rhythms of the writers’ room and the unique pressures of working for a demanding boss. An earnest and funny comedy, with very sharp teeth. (Research Chris Coetsee)
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