the high note review

Too many female-led comedies focus on the romance of it all. The chick flick, the rom-com – they’re terms that are interchangeable. But there is so much more depth of emotion that women feel, so many more nuanced relationships that women have, that are rarely show on the big screen. Only a handful of so-called “rom-coms” dig into them, but they’re often mislabeled because it’s less about the romance, or even the comedy, then it is about the women at the center of them.

One of the more recent films to nail the complexity of female relationships was Nisha Ganatra‘s 2019 dramedy Late Night, which followed Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling as a reluctant late-night show employer and employee pairing who become close friends. Ganatra seeks to repeat this formula with The High Note, a flashy comedy/drama that stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson in those roles, but now set in the glamorous music industry. But with newcomer Flora Greeson on the script and none of Kaling’s winking humor to drive the drama, Ganatra’s attempt to recapture the success of her previous female-led workplace dramedy unfortunately falls a bit flat.

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Late Night Trailer

Emma Thompson is a late night talk show host looking for a career spark as she faces criticism for losing her edge and relying on an all-male writers room. Mindy Kaling is an aspiring comedy writer looking to break out of the chemical plant in which she spends her days cracking one-liners. Late Night is the movie that will bring them together in a sharp, hilarious comedy that you must see when it arrives in theaters this summer, and a new trailer will show you exactly why. Watch the new Late Night trailer below. Read More »

Late Night Movie Release Date

One of the most buzzed about titles out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was Late Night. Directed by Nisha Ganatra, the film stars Mindy Kaling (who also wrote and produced the movie) as a chemical plant worker who finds herself hired as the sole female writer on the all-male writing staff for a late night television show hosted by legendary British comedian Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson). The comedy was such a crowd-pleaser at Sundance that Amazon picked it up for $13 million, and they’ve just set it for a summer release date. Read More »

Late Night Review - Emma Thompson

Take Broadcast News, mix it with The Devil Wears Prada, and throw it into the bustling world of late night television, and you’ve got Late Night, the delightful and timely new comedy from first-time feature director Nisha Ganatra and screenwriter Mindy Kaling. Funny without being unnecessarily edgy, sharp without overdoing it, and populated by a fantastic ensemble cast, this film is bound to be a real crowdpleaser. Read More »