Late Night (2019) - Comedy, Drama

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

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 56 out of 290 found boring (19.31%)

One-line Reviews (157)

A strong beginning to cliche end .

Newbury is in a self-imposed rut, and has been for over 10 years: a lazy, formulaic rolling out of the same old schtick with the same boring types of older guests.

Witty and Entertaining...

Don't waste your time with this movie.

A perfect example of how interesting people with opinions are villainized while banal, whiney boring characters are cannonized these days.

PROS:Emma Thompson And Mindy Kailing's Brilliant PerformancesNisha Ganatra's Solid DirectingSolid Supporting Cast (Especially John Lithgow)A Really Good ScriptThe MessagesCONS:The Plot Is PredictableSome Unnecessary SubplotsIt Can Get Boring At Some Place

Ultimately the film falls into a cliche trap and the 'film' writing is weak, i.

Too bad, they could have made a very entertaining movie.

Enjoyable .

I laughed and I cried, I marveled at much of the snappy dialogue, I admired the complex characters she created--not least that of Walter, the husband of Thompson's character, played by John Lithgow, and that of Brad, the head monologue writer, played by Reid Scott (of "Veep").

and that really was ok, even if it was a bit formulaic.

To recap, this is a dull film blatantly disguised as a comedy.

Save your money and don't see this in theaters.

If you want to watch 102 minutes of white-men-bad, migrants good, all non liberals are racist fascists yada yada yada, go watch this movie, but wouldn't that be so boring and predictable?

It's always enjoyable when someone is brought in to replace another.

I enjoyed it.

The leads are great but the film is kind of formulaic.

If you're into politically correct cliches then you might find it entertaining.

The plot can be predictable.

Lighthearted and entertaining .

Secondly, the plot was just plain dull and boorish.

Emma Is stunning .

Tonight I cover:Movie: Late Night (2019)Director: Nisha Ganatra Writer: Mindy Kaling (screenplay by) Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow LIKES:Smartly Written Decent Pacing Witty and Funny At Many Times Balanced At Many Points Compassionate Surprisingly Deep At Times ActingDISLIKES:Cliché Predictable Some Upended Story Lines Key Opportune Moments for Character Development Dropped The Political ComponentsSUMMARY:Comedies sometimes struggle to find a balance for me, trying too hard to be funny and sacrificing the plot for the sake of meme worthy laughs.

Or watch paint dry.

The audience turning into zombies and eating Emma Thompson's face off would have ruined the ending too, but at least I would have enjoyed it,Guide: f-word.

Only mildly funny at first, getting rather boring and predictable later on in the movie.

light and enjoyable, with one big problem .

Still, it's enjoyable, heartfelt and fairly resonant, to boot.

Too generic bland with a tiresome formula .

The writing is awful, simplistic and dull without a single spark of imagination.

It's predictable and again too cliches.

It does fall in the range of a good film, but not a great one, an enjoyable film not a laugh riot.

Hollywood heavyweights Emma Thompson and John Lithgow cannot save this ridiculous, predictable, clichéd script.

' There were so many cliche-packed scenes, so many maudlin moments, so many sentimental sequences - each one chasing the other into thankful forgettability.


While the plot is formulaic, the two actresses command attention.

If you're looking for something simple and bland with a great cast, I guess you should stop reading now before we spoil the rest.

Enjoyable; I liked it better than Devil Wears Prada, which was so over-hyped that you thought you were seeing Citizen Kane.

Basically, viewers who have a favorable impression of Thompson and Kaling will probably find this movie enjoyable and suitably entertaining.

Another boring comedy film!

Ultimately, it is little more than a bit of froth making a gentle feminist point, but it is moderately entertaining nonetheless.

The direction and script are also boring.

If not, don't waste your time.

A Nice Surprise Entertaining film .

" The dialog itself was clever and unexpected.

Fun but a little formulaic .

Late Night is a formulaic rehash of movies like The Devil Wears Prada.

With that being said, Dame Emma Thompson was worth the watch.

Enjoyable watch .

Save your money...

Well-written and entertaining film .

This movies is boring, disappointing and bland, actually it is the moron child of the devil wears prada and Morning Glory.

There were some plot leaps that felt a little large for me - from Mindy Kaling's character getting this job in the first place to her pivotal role from there - but the solid performances by a solid cast made it enjoyable enough.

I truly enjoyed it for two major reasons beside the storyline.

Really enjoyed it.

Waste of time .

Don't waste your time .

Worth the watch.

Mildly entertaining if too sit-com safe showbiz fairy tale .

I found this comedy to be unfunny, trite, predictable, cloying, and the characters were shallow, non-compassionate stereotypes who I didn't care about.

It is like a predictable home movie, with about as much plot.

The story on the screen unfolds in an ultra-predictable way.

First come the cliché' moments, a story with incredibly predictable plot dynamics that only fall short of a Hallmark special.

Director Nisha Ganatra has made an entertaining humorous film that touches on issues like ethnic and gender balance in the Television industry and the differences in perception of so called moral indiscretion that exists between men and women in the industry and the effect on their career.

It is boring and has a forgettable story that is easily forgotten once it is over.

I'd say this film meets expectations and has a really sleek and polished feel to it, mostly through a most riveting performance by Emma Thompson.

Enjoyable with a great cast.

Writers is just bad and boring.

Funny, enjoyable movie, better suited for a TV show .

When Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) receives news that she is getting the sack from her late night talk show, she seeks the assistance from her team of writers on ways to make the show more enjoyable.

My problem with the movie is that it's predictable.

IN BRIEF: Highly entertaining sit-com with a terrific performance by Ms. Thompson.

Entertaining but predictable .

went all over the place for a while thn became enjoyable.

Saw a screening last night, and absolutely the worst movie I've sat through since "Ms.

My boyfriend and I both really enjoyed it.

That said, it was enjoyable fluff.

Rather pointless film with one major fault .

It's already become a cliche: Female director or executive producer and female leads, and then comes loads and loads of messages...

Nevertheless, nothing happens really.

Totally entertaining.

Entertaining the entire way, and it has heart.

she is empty of anything valuable.

It feels safe and boring.

Boring & NOT Funny At All + Too Many Fake Reviews .

) provides exciting insight and ideas to her scoffing "expert" colleagues.

Late Night fails to deliver as a comedy drama film with the lack of laughs, boring story, and direction.

The movie is enjoyable, although conventional in every detail.

Gently entertaining .

The premise of a female late show host who only ever hires white men and has no clue who they are, seemed very dated, and the concept that a tv show was more important than anything else in her life is such a cliche'.

Predictable but.. entertaining actually .

A hilarious story tinged by drama and emotional distress from Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling makes for an occasionally spotty, yet super enjoyable movie.

I find it trite and insulting to portray the younger generation as nothing but crass, empty-headed social media freaks.

"Late Night" is an enjoyable and light workplace comedy with a well-intentioned message.

Likewise the direction is pretty bland.

The tedium of the film is simply unbearable.

Close to bring a cliche and except for the two primary characters, the characters were one dimensional.

Tired and boring .

This is also Mindy's first time writing a script for a film so that was exciting to me.

It's a pretty straightforward and predictable story, which can work given good comedic material to supplement that.

Predictable, clichéd...

The bad: tedious story, I mean really, how to make such a boring story interesting about an ageing talk show host?

Typical everything ends well movie with cliche story line !!.

It could have been funny, but so much boredom to get there.

Mindy Kaling means well but her tendency to appear cute has become tedious and obsolete.

I thought the writing was brilliant, the pace fun, the chemistry between actors riveting (Thompson was spot on) and I never got bored.

But I finished it in two sittings and found it very enjoyable entertainment.

The story is boring and forgettable.

Maybe Mindy kalings character but thompsons character is uneven and at times just plain unlikeable and that's even after the enevitable change of heart scenes that are such a cliche now .

Fun, entertaining, great acting .

All in all a dreadful waste of time, I've watched it so you don't have to.

By adding some "Here's Johnny" Johnny Carson Show at its tiresome formulaic later shows, and some of the more recent late night shows, the whole movie just being a boring and same old same old crap, besides immigrants, racial discrimination, racial equality, job position quotas, there's barely a very interesting moment in this so predictable flix.

The only other flaws was it felt a little predictable, which is common with comedies, and it followed the same kind of format as other comedies.

Don't waste your time .

"Late Night" is enjoyable and funny.


Not an amazing piece of writing, but overall an enjoyable film.


She is unlike by her writing staff and all these problems lead to her show becoming a dull watch.

Boring and not worth the time.

Engaging .

Enjoyable .

verbose and predictable .

Don't waste your time.

The climax could have come together better, but overall a lovely, entertaining film.

I was entertained throughout and really surprised how enjoyable "Late Night" was.

It's a solid and entertaining night out at the movies: seeing Dame Emma Thompson strutting her stuff is good value for any movie dollar.

PC Borefest .

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Other reviewers are right: the story itself is a cliche.

The characters were stereotypical and lacked depth, the writing ended up contrived and too focused on cheap pops about identity politics, and it really didn't have anything to say, after all.

This is why reactions to this clever and engaging film are so polarised.

Late Night (2019) - 6.7Act 1 - 6.3Act 2 - 6.9Act 3 - 6.8 Emma Thompson plays the first female Late Night tv host who is widely celebrated, Katherine NewburyShe hates women and doesn't seem to want them on her writing staff but wants a Woman to be hired on her staffKatherine Newbury is very smart and wittyMindy Kaling plays the female writer that is hired Molly PatelMolly is trying to achieve her dreamKatherine doesn't conform to the new ways that Late Night shows are run and sticks to a more of a sifisticated and intelligent audienceShe then finds out she will be replaced at the end of her current seasonKatherine hates all of the gimmicks that all of the new hosts use, she's classicKatherine is stuck in her ways and doesn't want to evolve with the times and social media, she wants to interview people who matterReally good scene with Katherine going to Molly's stand up charity event to rantShe gets to be honest and real on stage for the first time in a long time and it's freeing for her as her life is collapsing around herShe is changing with the times with the help of MollyGreat monologue when she is losing the showEmma Thompson is very good in this roleEnding is too much of wish fulfillment just to satisfy the PC cultureEnjoyed the evolving relationship between Katherine and MollyOverall enjoyable and endearing film

Late Night is a consistently funny comedy, with great performances from Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling as well as a fantastic supporting performance from John Lithgow, which makes up for the more predictable parts involving the romantic subplot.

It's enjoyable though and you should watch it if you like Thompson and/or Kaling.

So a slow start, but worth watching.

The humor is flat out boring.

That would not be a flaw in itself in this film that deals with television talk shows in which by definition there is a lot of talking, the problem is that the words put into the mouths of the characters are surprisingly banal and terribly conventional.

The writing craftsmanship in this show far transcends the predictable plot and even more predictable dialog.

I came across the film after looking up what else Reid Scott (the 'monologue' writer Tom) was doing as he is very good in the rather more satisfying - and a lot less sentimental - political satire Veep in which he gives us the horrifically cynical but very, very entertaining Dan Egan.

This movie gets more and more tedious and is simply going through the motions.

The movie sets up the viewer to think the writer's room is going to be this wild off the wall place, but the scenes feel very bland and unimaginative.

Borefest .

Mindy Kaling gives it a go I suppose but the beleaguered minority trope is boring from the start and gets more boring with repetition.

a funny and enjoyable film .

Hollywood and other propaganda machines keep pushing out this.

I usually believe that each and everyone should view every film and have their own take on it, but with Late Night, it would make me feel bad to make you waste 2 hours of your life.

But they miss the point, which is "What has the writer (Mindy) done with that cliche to make it fresh?

The "jokes" in it are flat and uninteresting and you really need to suspend disbelief to think that any audience - even a fictitious one - would laugh at the material.

I thought Late Night was well-acted but incredibly boring.

brings much delightful fun to this engaging story that the film's minor flaws can be easily overlooked.

The editing can be fast at times but it's entertaining.

Enjoyable film despite a few flaws .

Some of its emotional moments don't hit home as hard as they possibly could and it is, broadly, quite predictable.

Incredibly boring with a tired plot .

Started out slow....

Watch if you are absolutely bored.