“Late Night” Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan; directed by Nisha Ganatra; written and produced by Mindy Kaling.
The first feature film from Emmy-nominated writer and producer Mindy Kaling deals with a talk-show host who may soon be losing coveted her late-night seat unless she manages a game-changing transformation. Oscar winner Emma Thompson plays legendary talk-show host Katherine Newbury, a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on late night, she keeps her all male writers’ room on a short leash. But when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant efficiency expert from suburban Pennsylvania, as the first and only female on her writing staff. With rumors swirling that Katherine is being replaced by a younger, hipper male host, she demands that the writers make her funny and relevant again. A lifelong fan, Molly is determined to prove she’s not just a diversity hire, but the one person who can turn her idol’s career around. Going against everything Katherine has staked her reputation on, she urges her to make the show more contemporary, authentic and personal, a move that could either make Molly’s career or send her back to the chemical plant for good.