In a World...

2013

In a World... (2013)

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Critic Consensus: A funny, well-written screwball satire for film buffs, In a World... proves an auspicious beginning for writer, director, and star Lake Bell.

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Lake Bell ("Children's Hospital") stars in In a World..., a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry's reigning king-her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script, In a World... also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin ("Important Things with Demetri Martin"), Michaela Watkins ("Enlightened"), Ken Marino ("Burning Love"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro ("The Sarah Silverman Program"). (c) Roadside Attractions

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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (33)

Can't wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.

Dec 31, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

There's a difference between paying your dues and self-abasement, but you wouldn't know it from this overstuffed and joyless film.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Like her character, Bell has made herself a contender in a male-dominated industry. And a damn funny one at that.

Sep 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It's an exhilarating comic rush called In a World... and in it Lake Bell spins inspired lunacy around the subject of, among other things like family dysfunction, sexual healing and female empowerment, voiceovers.

Aug 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core

Aug 29, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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An indie comedy as surprisingly tender and wise as it is deftly wise-cracking.

Aug 23, 2013

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This begins sort of like an insider's critique of the behind-the-scenes schmucks of damned Hollywood, factory outlet for packing foam, but gradually eases its squint, and so the people become not-just-people but relatable folks, and then even likable. Bell herself is the main example of this: shallow and plastic at the start, but someone you wind up rooting for by the end. Well written (and for a film that's saying something) packed with surprises too. Pretty good. Unique.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Speak up and let your voice be heard. Good Comedic Film! This modest comedy takes place in the mini-world of people who do voice overs. Apparently this world exists. And, like all such worlds, it has stars, former stars, people who want to be stars and will make it, and people who want to be stars and won't make it. Bell is a good director and a good actor. She keeps her excellent ensemble cast moving along. The story line starts with boy meets girl, so you know how it will end, but there are enough unexpected twists and turns to hold your interest. It will work well on the small screen. My advice is to seek it out and see it. Just don't expect a movie that's so powerful that it will change your life forever. An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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I believe that the main disconnect between viewers and critics of this film, was that critics realized that Lake Bell writing, directing, and starring in a film that had to do with female empowerment via inclusion was a very big deal. Females playing the lead role, and creating stories that are actually seen, is a very rare occurrence that not a lot of people talk about. The story is interesting, since it deals with the real world issue of voice overs being dominated mostly by men. The characters are interesting as they interact, but not as standalones. The plot doesn't really flourish past its initial concept, though it does come to a satisfying end. The struggle between our lead character and her voice-over pro of a father is pretty tense, and the ending shows that struggle with intelligent discourse. While it's sad that the film didn't move past basic romantic comedy to address its premise, it was a sweet satisfying little comedy with equally amusing actors.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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½

A quirky comedy based around the high flying world of the voice actor, well the trailer looked quirky. A small budget film whose main star wrote, co-produced and directed the feature. I saw the trailer for this and really thought it would be a good funny comedy...which it is kinda, but not entirely. The plot revolves around a small family in LA, the father is a famous voice artist and his daughter is aspiring to follow in his footsteps. From this we get the main crux of the film, the voice over business for movie trailers in Hollywood is typically a male dominated field, but that is now being challenged by this young woman, the horror!. That is the films main plot, there are other sub plots revolving around other family members, the sister and her other half, the mother and a few friends. But to be truthful none of these are interesting and feel more like padding around the main story. I found this to be the problem with the film really, the main story is the most interesting bit, yet we don't get a great deal on it, its all about family issues which is boring. We do get to know another preening voice actor played by Marino who makes a big difference. Alongside Melamed (a real voice artist) both men save the film in my view, watching these guys swan around as if they were the biggest thing in Hollywood is priceless. The dialog from Melamed's character at times is so egotistical, even when aimed at his own daughter, its both amusing and embarrassing to watch. Even though the films premise is about an area in show business that is barely touched upon that doesn't really mean its interesting. The whole idea is about women being the underdog in this field, that its unheard of for women to do voice work for a major film trailer, equal rights for women and such. One thing that went through my mind was all these people are wealthy from doing not much at all because I don't call voice acting work. So are we suppose to be emotionally involved? are we suppose to get behind the female lead here? are we suppose to care about this irrelevant showbiz injustice? because frankly I didn't care at all. I didn't care about any of the characters really, I found many of them annoying and most were overacting to the camera, especially the films director and lead Lake Bell. You may think I'm being harsh, after all this film won awards at Sundance and was dribbled over by all the critics. Its not a bad film, far from it, its original and fresh, its warm and has some good performances, but its dull and uninteresting accept for the odd scene. Its not a self-serving inside Hollywood type of film, it does mock Hollywood gently. Funny thing is we the regular folk all know they don't actually mean it, these showbiz folk 'mock' but they lap the lifestyle up really. In my opinion the film only comes to life as we near the end which gives you what the entire film has been building up to. Other than that watching all these people live their semi rich lives in sunny LA does nothing for me.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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