Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, the prickly host of a long-running network talk show, who sees the writing on the wall – she’s going to be replaced – and goes into crisis mode bringing in her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling).
The smart script — written by Kaling and inspired by her experience as the only woman in The Office writers’ room — wrestles with age and obsolescence, sexism, the perils of social media, and the difficulty of being a female comedian in the age of #MeToo. And all the while it provides Thompson a platform for her hilarious performance.
(US / 2019 / Directed by Nisha Ganatra)
R / 102 mins.