In a World...


In a World...

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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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  • Mar 20, 2018
    I've been on a kick of watching these smaller, less conventional, and heartfelt romantic-comedy-drama films. 'In a World...' provides the endlessly likable Lake Bell a platform to flex her comedic talent with a bit of unique drama mixed in. Making a film about the trailer voice over guys? Not only is that a fascinating story to tell, but it's one that hasn't really been touched upon before, and is mostly a forgotten element of filmmaking. I'm now in my mid 20's and only sort of remember a time when every trailer used a deep voice over guy to provide narration and intrigue for each movie - no matter the genre - coming soon to theaters. When I really started to get into watching movies and scoping the webs for trailers, the voiceover was all but removed from the process. It's crazy to think that these extremely talented humans were all of a sudden jobless. Although this film doesn't take an overly serious approach, it's hard not to feel the weight of the situation when some of these people realize their job is about to change. Lake Bell plays the daughter of one of the most famous voiceover figuresin the business and she somehow-someway stumbles her way into the business herself. The best part about it is that Bell actually steps up to the plate and does well when the task is hers to provide epic narration. I'm not saying I want this element to ever return to trailers, but I'm never opposed to hearing Bell's witty commentary on any particular subject. I was thinking about this as I watched, but Bell is very much like Greta Gerwig in that she has a knack for displaying goofy and heartfelt into a well-rounded character effortlessly. Seriously, give me them two in any genre of film and I'm there opening night. As a whole, 'In a World' does feel a little short and not as clean cut as I would have liked it to be. I was honestly left feeling like I could have used another 15-20 minutes of screen time for some of the smaller arcs to hit home the way I hoped. However, it's a re-watchable film about a fascinating subject matter with a charismatic lead. That was enough for me. 8.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2015
    Awesome. This was such a funny, interesting little movie. It's so crazy that there's no movies out there focusing on Hollywood voiceovers, considering that voiceovers are such an integral part of the film industry.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2014
    Funny, witty, and rewarding for cinephiles, In A World is a indie movie that packs a hilarious punch. Written, directed, and staring newcomer Lake Bell, In A World looks at the world of voice acting, and the highly competitive world of movie trailer voiceovers. Hoping to break in to the world of her legendary father Sam, Carol (Lake Bell) finds herself struggling to establish herself, with no help from her self-absorbed father. Soon, her big break comes, but how will those around her react? The film's unique mix of film references, quirky sensibilities, and dry wit never fails. The performances are exceedingly endearing, with the chemistry between the entire cast being pitch perfect. Director Bell keeps the film moving at a good pace, featuring some heartfelt drama, yet never sacrificing its' lighthearted nature. She strikes a balance that too often eludes comedies today, giving us a story that both entertains, and resonates with us. The family dynamics feel very well realized, and the overall message of the film is delivered to great effect. A not to be overlooked indie gem. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2014
    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 G Super Reviewer

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