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Late Night Rated 15

Late Night

Dir. Nisha Ganatra. USA, 2019. 1h 42m. Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Ryan, Megalyn Echikunwoke, John Lithgow.

A late night talk show’s failing ratings are given a timely boost when the host hires her first – and only – woman staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about a winning creative partnership based on biting humour and feminist solidarity. An engagingly smart comedy, powered by dynamic performances from Thompson and Kaling, which proposes that inclusivity and diversity make the world a better place.

‘Kaling is very good at conveying the paradoxical misty-eyed idealism of those working for this long-running TV institution.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘There's much to love about this sparky US entertainment industry satire, not least the fact that it contains Emma Thompson wearing a razor-tailored tuxedo and swearing her face off.’ Wendy Ide, The Observer