Thursday 20 June 2019

Late Night review: 'Has a certain charm, and Emma Thompson gives it socks'

3 stars

Emma Thompson in Late Night
Emma Thompson in Late Night
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

A comedy set behind the scenes of a TV show is hardly a new idea, but Late Night has its moments.

Emma Thompson is Katherine Newbury, the arch and rather terrifying host of a late night talk show.

She lords it over her cowed all-male writing team, but ratings are slipping and Newbury is about to be replaced.

Enter Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a go-ahead young woman who works in a chemical factory but dreams of becoming a comedy writer.

Mindy Kaling’s script has moments of indulgent sentiment and not quite enough jokes, but Late Night has a certain charm, and Emma Thompson gives it socks as the fearsome host.

(15A, 102mins)

Irish Independent

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