A second trailer has arrived for Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson's workplace comedy, Late Night. Following its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the movie was quickly acquired by Amazon Studios for $13 million (the largest amount paid for U.S. distribution only at the event). Kaling, who also wrote the film, stars as Molly Patel, a woman who's hired to work in the all-male writers' room for a late night talk show hosted by the legendary Katherine Newbury (Thompson). The story was partly inspired by Kaling's own experiences as both a writer-actor on The Office and the showrunner-star of The Mindy Project.
Early word of mouth around Late Night is pretty strong, with critics praising the movie for being a funny and insightful look at the world of late-night comedy from the perspectives of two very different women. The first trailer highlighted Molly's struggles to prove she's more than a diversity hire, while also showing how she helps Katherine (who's on the verge of being replaced due to her show's low ratings). With just over a month to go before the film hits theaters, Amazon has kicked its next wave of marketing into gear.
In addition to featuring critic pull-quotes praising the film, the new Late Night trailer dives deeper into the plot than the first promo did. As it turns out, Molly's not only a newcomer to the world of late-night television, but also writing for TV in general (having previously worked as a chemical plant efficiency expert). Meanwhile, Katherine's spent so many years trying to survive by telling the same kind of jokes as her white male peers that she's now seen as irrelevant and a woman who "hates" other women. The comedy around them has been compared to movies like The Devil Wears Prada and shows such as 30 Rock, but also explores intersectional feminism in a way that those projects didn't. By the sound of it, Late Night is is at its best when it charts its own course, in this respect.
With a crew led by director Nisha Ganatra (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and a supporting cast that features Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Ike Barinholtz, and Hugh Dancy, Late Night has a lot working in its favor. The marketing has similarly done a good job of presenting the film as a thoughtful and funny alternative to the big, splashy blockbusters arriving in June, like X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Men in Black: International. With a little luck, the comedy will continue to generate more buzz and find success as counter-programming as the summer movie season rolls along.
Source: Amazon Studios
- Late Night (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019