Late Night (2019)

# 16257 IMDb R 

Late Night (2019

taglineThey're giving comedy a rewrite.

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Stars: John Lithgow, Mindy Kaling, Amy Ryan, Denis O'Hare, Ike Barinholtz

Comedy, Drama (1h 42min)


Rated 6.5 after 5,465 votes, 71% postive reviews on 07-Sep-19.

3 nominations


A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.


Nisha Ganatra (director) Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling John Lithgow Hugh Dancy Reid Scott Denis O'Hare

Emma Thompson (Katherine Newbury), Mindy Kaling (Molly Patel), John Lithgow (Walter Lovell), Hugh Dancy (Charlie Fain), Reid Scott (Tom Campbell), Denis O'Hare (Brad), Max Casella (Burditt), Paul Walter Hauser (Mancuso), John Early (Reynolds), Jia Patel (Pavarti), Luke Slattery (Hayes Campbell), Ike Barinholtz (Daniel Tennant), Marc Kudisch (Billy Kastner), Amy Ryan (Caroline Morton), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Robin (as Megalyn Euchikunwoke)), Blake DeLong (McCary), Bill Maher (Bill Maher), Seth Meyers (Seth Meyers), Annaleigh Ashford (Mimi Mismatch), Halston Sage (Zoe Martlin), David Neal Levin (Plant Manager), Maria Dizzia (Joan), Paige Gilbert (Dee), Cleo Gray (Joyce), Kerry Flanagan (Female Reporter), Lucas Caleb Rooney (Gabe Eichler), Rupak Ginn (Teacher), Hank Lin (Young Guy on the Street), Jake Tapper (Jake Tapper), Sophie Zucker (Receptionist), Jadon Woodard (Avery), Monroe Martin III (Brandon (as Monroe Martin)), Glo Tavarez (Young Woman), Sakina Jaffrey (Molly's Mom), Diane Dehn (Writer's assistant (uncredited)), Jordan Ashley Anne Demeusy (Caroline's Daughter (uncredited)), Nick Denning (#6 (uncredited)), Joe Exley (Band Member (uncredited)), Faith Logan (British Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)), Doris McCarthy (Audience Member (uncredited))...

From the same director


Mindy Kaling (screenplay by)

Produced by

Jillian Apfelbaum (producer), Ben Browning (producer), Alison Cohen (executive producer), Micah Green (executive producer), Erika Hampson (co-producer), Mindy Kaling (producer), Howard Klein (producer), Heather Morris (associate producer), Milan Popelka (executive producer), Daniel Steinman (executive producer)



Late Night is about a first-time comedy writer (played by Mindy Kaling) for a long-running and ill-tempered late night talk show host (played by Emma Thomspon) who is in danger of being fired due to low ratings. I thought this might be a fun time. I generally like Mindy Kaling. However, I was still surprised at how well handled this was.

The movie is an involving critique of the television industry. Kaling, who also wrote this, is clearly working from past experiences of a woman of color working in a white male industry. The message and plot are told in a smart, natural, and playful way. Yeah, the whole follows the ol' bright-eyed-newcomer warms the heart of the experienced curmudgeon trope, but the movie does such a fine job, that it didn't matter much.

Mindy does a fine job of being being bubbly and optimistic while also handling the character's low points well. However, this is Thompson's film. She is acting her butt off here. Yeah, the story does ham it up a bit in regards to her apathy and biting remarks toward her writing staff, but Thompson makes the character work. You end up understanding her and feel for her by the end.

This is one of those rare films where almost the entire supporting and ancillary cast and characters just work. Most personalities, even for the more minor members of Thompson's writing staff are well-crafted. I simply don't have time to credit all the actors in this.

For a comedy the movie isn't brightly shot, which is often the norm. However, this does kind of accentuate the New York setting and real world roots of the subject manner.

Overall, temper your expectations about plot originality, but still expect to be entertained.

Memorable quotes

Molly Patel: You love me.
Katherine Newbury: No, I didn't say that.
Molly Patel: I mean not in those exact words but...
Katherine Newbury: No, I didn't say it in any of those words.

7 total 


Mindy Kaling wrote the role of Katherine specifically for Emma Thompson

6 total 


3 nominations 
People's Choice Awards, USA • Teen Choice Awards

Other titles

Late Night ((original title); Czech Republic; France; Germany; Israel (Hebrew title); USA; World-wide (English title)) • Fin de soirée (Canada (French title)) • E poi c'è Katherine (Italy) • Ellas mandan (Mexico) • В прямом эфире (Russia) • Gece Kusu (Turkey (Turkish title))



Rated R for language throughout and some sexual references


Australia:M / Austria:6 / Canada:14A / Canada:PG / Canada:PG / Canada:14A / Canada:G / Czech Republic:U / Denmark:A / Finland:S / France:Tous publics / Germany:0 / Ireland:15A / Malaysia:18 / Malta:15 / New Zealand:M / Norway:A / South Africa:16 / Sweden:Btl / Switzerland:10 / Turkey:15A / United Kingdom:15 / United States:R



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