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Late Night | 2019 | R | – 4.3.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Late Night” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout and some sexual references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few implied sex scenes, a few kissing scenes, discussions of infidelity, cleavage revealing outfits, several arguments and confrontations, and nearly 30 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


A veteran late night talk show host (Emma Thompson) is threatened with losing her show until she hires a young woman (Mindy Kaling) who tries to turn around her lagging ratings before it’s too late. Also with John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Denis O’Hare, Max Casella, Paul Walter Hauser, John Early and Ike Barinholtz. Directed by Nisha Ganatra. [Running Time: 1:42]

Late Night SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man and a woman kiss on the street and the woman pushes away saying that it’s not a good idea. A man and a woman kiss.
 A man caresses a woman’s arm and there is an implication that they had a sexual relationship (she is married to another man). A man asks a woman if she wants to leave a party and she agrees (sex is implied). A woman goes to a man’s apartment and when she realizes that he is with another woman (sex is implied), she leaves embarrassed.
 A husband confronts his wife about her infidelity and they hug. We hear that a woman had an affair with a younger man, who is a member of her staff. A woman tells her writing staff that they must live their show and that even when they masturbate they should be thinking of the show. A man asks a woman about herself, including who she is sleeping with. A man talks about someone sleeping with him and another man tells him it’s too early to be so sexually charged. A man tells jokes in a stand-up routine about sex and how many different types of sex there are. A woman tells a man to hire a woman for a writing job and he asks, “Would a gay guy work?” A woman tells a sexually suggestive joke (we hear the same joke a couple of times). A man tells a joke about his girlfriend complaining that all the women on a TV show are nude.
 A woman wears a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a tight-fitting gown that reveals her bare back. A woman wears a low-cut nightgown that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a short skirt that shows her legs to the upper thighs, with net stockings. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. Women at a party are shown wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman wears a short dress that reveals cleavage and bare legs to the mid-thighs. A toy lion is posed with its front paws on the hips/back of a rhinoceros as if in a sexual position.


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Late Night VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A woman yells at another woman and accuses her of mocking her on-air, and then storms off the stage. Several men panic and run to a meeting room, and one man stumbles and falls on the floor (there are no injuries). A woman is hit in the face with a garbage bag on a city street (no injuries are seen).
 A woman yells at her staff in many scenes and addresses them by numbers rather than their names. A man yells at a woman after she fires him and says, "You hate women," and calls her a "pseudo-feminist." A man asks his boss for a raise and she fires him after she accuses him of making the most sexist argument. A wife tells her husband over the phone, "Don't die before I get back." A girl tells a woman that her dress makes her look like she works in HR at a funeral home. A man says that a woman is a "diversity hire," and she overhears him and becomes upset. We hear that a woman's father died of lung cancer. A man remarks about a woman losing her first Emmy to John Oliver. A man tells a woman at a party, "You haven't killed anybody yet." Two women argue. A man and woman argue in several scenes. A woman describes her work environment as being toxic. A girl says that a corpse was found in a neighborhood where a woman is looking for an apartment. A woman says, "God, I hate Brooklyn." A woman says, "I'm so happy, I feel sick."
 We see photos of a woman with her face near a dog's tail and she remarks about it smelling bad; another photo shows the woman pretending to have fainted from the smell.


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Late Night LANGUAGE 7

 - About 28 F-words, 9 sexual references, 13 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, name-calling (wanker, pseudo-feminist, suicide, monk, boring old broads, pushiest, relic, semi-talented, pathological liar, diversity hire, bitter, out of touch, bastard, selfish, narcissistic, old lady, bloody fraud, cold witch, xenophobic, stupid, old bag, old, white, horrid), exclamations (shut-up, heavens to Betsy), 2 religious profanities (GD), 34 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus Christ, Good Lord, Thank God, My God, Oh God, Dear God, For God's Sake). | profanity glossary |


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Late Night SUBSTANCE USE

 - A vial of prescription medications are seen on a side table, and a man talks about "getting high every day." People in a bar are shown drinking, a woman at home drinks a glass of wine, a man and a woman drink glasses of whisky, people drink wine and alcoholic drinks at a party, two women drink wine, and a woman holds a glass of wine at home. A man lights and smokes a hand rolled cigarette in a sidewalk, a man smokes a cigarette, a woman smokes a cigarette and the room is cloudy with smoke, and a pack of cigarettes and a lighter are shown on a side table.


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Late Night DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Humor, late night talk show hosts, relevancy, aging, ageism, popularity, social media, abortion, menopause, infidelity, depression, Parkinson's Disease, Lymphoma, lung cancer, depression, anger, egret, humiliation, demonization, shame, morality, fame, elitism, snobbism, giving up, forgiveness, slut shaming, karma, role models, sexism, political correctness, ratings, saving face, complacency.

Late Night MESSAGE

 - Be useful in whatever you do in life.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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