Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late night talk-show circuit. When she's accused of being a "woman who hates women", she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and - presto! - Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine's all-male writers' room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she's not simply a diversity hire who's disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalising her show and career - and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.
When the Cushy Numbers Time is Up
- Late Night review by AA
I enjoyed this film about a late night talk show host played superbly by Emma Thompson, having to go through a major reboot of her personal out look on life and broaden her horizons if she is to keep her role. Enter Molly as a new female writer, who after some initial reluctance from her fellow male writers starts to shake up the established norm of how the show looks and sounds. With the threat of axing the star and possibly the show, it becomes the survival of the fittest and who is prepared to make the most changes!
Lots of dialogue. Probably not an ideal role for Emma? Feels very much like a poor copy of Devil Wears Prada, but without the bite, or the tightness.
Maybe less talking and more acting could have made it a bit more cutting edge? Nearly a 2..........
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Very tired and flat film
- Late Night review by RC
Not a film anyone could get excited about. A terrible start, picks up in the middle and then Goes on a bit too long. Not remotely funny. Characters unlikable and not real. This feels like a film made by teenagers, very basic script. No depth. And not light enough to be enjoyable. Very forgettable like a film that has been made for telly. I would give a miss.
Emma Thompson is excellent playing the jaded, tyrannical talk-show host Katherine Newbury. Her show has become formulaic because her petrified team of male writers fail to come up with anything that will grab the attention of viewers. What is needed is a breath of fresh air, and this arrives in the shape of Molly, an enthusiastic young woman with absolutely no experience of scriptwriting. Molly is only employed as a token woman in a room full of men. Molly gradually shows that she can come up with ways to update and rebrand the show, much against Katherine's instincts. Emma Thompson dominates the film and once again shows her star quality. We enjoyed it - it's got lots of humour and a few laugh-out-loud moments. Not a bad way to spend 97 minutes.