Watch the Trailer for Mindy Kaling’s Talk Show Laugher Late Night
Here is your first look at Mindy Kaling‘s film Late Night, one of the big hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Amazon quickly scooped it up, and now it’s set for a summer release. Late Night is centered on Kaling’s Molly Patel, an aspiring comedy writer who lands what appears to be a dream job writing for late night television host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson). In this world, Newbury is the only female host in late-night television—and has been for 30-years. She’s a former legendary comedian now faced with losing her show due to poor ratings and outdated jokes. She’s also been accused of being a woman who hates women. She wears her hair short and wears suits. Then there’s her writing staff. They are entirely white and male—until Patel shows up. Can she help Newbury reclaim her magic and save her show? Can she prove she belongs in the writer’s room?
There’s a lot of timely material here, and Kaling is an ace writer and performer. Pairing her with Thompson is the stuff of comedy dreams. Patel wants to prove she’s not a token diversity hire. Newbury wants to prove she’s still got it. The film’s directed by veteran TV helmer Nisha Ganatar.
The New York Times Manohla Dargis wrote this in her Sundance wrap-up: “The movie shrewdly leads with comedy — it has belly laughs and zingers — even as it skitters over, and at times dives into, questions of diversity and sexism in the entertainment industry, including from other women.” Meanwhile, IndiWire‘s Kate Erbland had this to say: “Stuffed with truisms and heart, Late Night is also the one thing that any and every late night talk show has to strive for: funny as hell, and with something to say.”
Late Night also stars John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, and Amy Ryan. It opens on June 7, 2019.
Featured image: Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson in ‘Late Night.’ Courtesy Amazon Studios.