‘Late Night,’ directed by Nisha Ganatra

Movie, 2019

Story of a complacent and barbed chat show host who, when threatened, begins to mend her ways, sharpen up her act and work with her writers and presentation. The casting of the very British Emma Thompson is a good choice in what, otherwise, feels very slick and American. The main story chugs along and the various relationships and situations look at the role of race and gender, as well as offering a critique of the type of humour which dominates the chat show the main character, Katherine Newbury, rails against. The more personal interactions occasionally tip a little too far towards the schmaltzy and predictable, although some of the observations about power, laid on pretty thick, are wonderfully observed.

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