Movie Review: Date Night

June 23rd, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Late Night (2019)

| | ComedyDrama | 14 June 201
A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.


 Nisha Ganatra


 Mindy Kaling (screenplay by)

Initial Thoughts:

My wife and I have a system that works pretty well. I pick a movie (or go myself or with a friend) and then she picks a movie. So this was her pick and as it got ok reviews, I didn't mind.

Main Points:

Mindy Kaling is a talented, funny actor/writer and I do enjoy seeing her in movies. Of course, Emma Thompson is excellent, as is John Lithgow, so the acting I knew would be good. 

This is an unusual movie (at least for me) its a comedy but I almost never laughed, usually, this would be a bad thing but this has a good story and (mostly) likable characters, so I found myself enjoying it.

Mindy tends to play similar characters in everything she does and to be honest, she can be a little annoying (this is even addressed, so I'm glad she's honest about it). All of that is not important though as this film (I felt) closely parrels real events that happened in the late night world.

In particular, how Jay Leno was supposed to leave The Tonight Show, did, and then came back to host it again for another four years before giving it up for good. Also touched on is how Letterman had an affair with a member of his staff.

The movie also shows how it's tough to be a creative writer, the nature of showbiz and ultimately the value of never giving up on your dreams.

Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would, which is always a pleasant surprise. Good acting, good story and it never felt dragged out. Certainly not for children with coarse language and sexual language/suggestions, ages 17+. I give it 7 out of 10 and would recommend it for any date night or even any fan of late night talk shows.