Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling shine in this comedy about Katherine Newbury (Thompson)—the first and only woman, in this fictional world, to helm a long-running late-night network talk show—and her unlikely protege, Molly Patel (Kaling), a former chemical plant employee who’s yearned to work in comedy. When Katherine is set to be replaced by a young male comedian, she and her team, among them Molly (hired to fill a quota) and several white male writers who resent her presence, set out to shake things up. Kaling wrote the script, and Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn) directed. Kaling’s biggest flaw as a creator is a wild unevenness that mars even her best work, but her undeniable charisma and tenacious vulnerability, combined with her prodigious sense of humor, compensate for that. Heightened by an impressive performance from Thompson, it’s a fun movie that tackles a variety of issues, including sexism in the workplace, with panache. With John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, and Amy Ryan.