Parents' Guide to

Late Night

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Light tone, deep messages in female-centric comedy.

Movie R 2019 102 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Feminist? and Positive?

I liked the lighthearted perspective on serious topics. There is no violence, nor are there sex scenes (just insinuation), and the scenes of NYCity are fun. I did find a couple of details troubling: First, marriage is elevated and denigrated at the same time: John Lithglow's character's speech at the end both endorses and forgives infidelity in a way that I think could be confusing for younger teens/tweens. Also, the subject of abortion is brought up during the film, albeit tastefully in the context of a joke...Parents should know this up front. Overall, a nice ending with characters growing emotionally.
age 13+

Great, some stuff a little inappropriate

There is a whole lot of language, and there is some sexual stuff. But a really awesome movie if you are ok with that stuff.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (4 ):

With a sweet romcom beating heart at its center -- even if the "romance" is a platonic friendship between two formidable women -- this movie is predictable but lots of fun. The main thing that sells it is Kaling, who hasn't been this charming since The Office. Improbably handed a network TV writing job, Molly's radiant happiness at this life-changing event is beautiful to behold. "I just really, really love television," she explains through tears; it's easy to picture a young Kaling having the same reaction when she landed her first writing job -- for The Office, through NBC's diversity program. (It's clear that Kaling was taking notes.) "I'd rather be a diversity hire than a nepotism hire," Molly says to snippy head monologue writer Tom (Reid Scott). "At least I had to beat out every other woman and minority to get here. You just had to be born."

Zing! It may be hard for certain types of viewers to resist giving a little fist pump to lines like this and others that skewer (among other things) white privilege, ageism, misogyny, and classism. Through it all, Molly is a fearless underdog who (eventually) -- spoiler alert, but you knew it was coming anyway -- succeeds through talent and hard work in a workplace that's so hostile to women that the women's bathroom is used exclusively by Newbury's male staff for bowel movements. It's a joy to watch. And while it's a shame that Kaling seemingly has to create these types of meaty, nuanced roles for herself and other women, it's great that she does.

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