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Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart -- and just as many laughs.
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It's telling that The Devil Wears Prada, the closest thematic comparison to Kaling's scenario, feels more fearless and timely, even though it's 13 years old.
Late Night too often pulls its punches.
The director Nisha Ganatra doesn't do much visually but she adroitly works around Kaling's stand-and-deliver acting and gives Thompson the room she needs to turn a cliché into a striking character.
Late Night's subject feels timely, and it's uncommonly crowd-pleasing, even broad.
They never quite cohere, and both ultimately lack the very bite missing from Katherine's fictional talk show-the closest to a truly withering gag here is Ike Barinholtz's amusing Dane Cook impersonation, though even that's a little past its sell date.
It's a charming, intelligent movie with a lot of heart and, naturally, some killer jokes.
It doesn't come off as too preachy, and anyone that goes to see this film can find a character that they can genuinely relate to. I had such a great time watching it.
Late Night is a movie made wholly for the people who enjoy falling asleep to episodes of The Office and need something new for them to get the job done for them...
It may be a longer and more sincere '30 Rock,' but there's heady stuff about "diversity hires" and workplace inequality ; Kaling knows how to address these issues without turning the movie into a polemic.
And yet, you wish there was more nastiness, a satirical bite that is clearly missing in the pages of the script. The issues at hand are, more often than not, used as a backdrop for romcom conventions rather than the other way around.
It's a breath of fresh air, a cheeky bit of entertainment that will have the side effect of prodding other star-led comedies to try a little harder.
It's delightful, funny, and more than satisfying. Before the year is over, this will be one of the most beloved comedies of the year.
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