Late Night was one of the films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that Amazon bought for like a billion dollars. I can see why. The film is a heartwarming crowd pleaser. Written by Mindy Kaling and starring her, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow and a host of people you recognize but might not know by name, Late Night is a light comedy that has mainstream potential written all over it.
But that’s also Late Night’s problem: it’s an easy to watch but mostly unfunny movie about comedy made to mildly please everyone. That kind of comes through in the first trailer for the film:
Again, Late Night isn’t bad, exactly, just very mild. I wish I liked it more as colleagues exited the film directly to announce its supremacy on Twitter, making me feel like I had been transported into an alternate dimension or something. I’m still waiting to find out how wrong I am when the film comes out June 17.