Lake Bell is an actress who I have expected for several years now to have that big breakout film. She seems to be perennially on the cusp of becoming something “big” and then kinda disappears. I just have to accept it and move on, I guess. Some people have great careers playing the odd sidekick or the eccentric aunt and Lake Bell is that type of actress. Now she has written and directed her first film called In a World… She also acts in it. Definitely isn’t a lazy person.
The most famous voice behind film voice-overs and the King of “In a world”, Don LaFontaine, has passed away. While those in the industry are saddened by his death they also know that the opportunity is there to step into his shoes. Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed – Hannah and Her Sisters, A Serious Man) and Gustav Warner (Ken Marino – We’re the Millers, Role Models) both are assumed to the logical choices. Suddenly there is someone else completely unexpected that comes into the equation.
Sam Sotto has an underachieving daughter who works as a voice coach. Carol Solomon (Lake Bell – It’s Complicated, No Strings Attached) is in her early thirties and still lives with her father. That is until his much younger girlfriend (Alexandra Holden – In & Out, Hot Chick) decides to move in and it means the end of Carol’s free ride. Still not able or willing to go out on her own, Carol moves in with her sister Dani (Michaela Watkins – The Back-Up Plan, Wanderlust) and her husband, Moe (Rob Corddry – Hot Tub Time Machine, Muppets Most Wanted).
While at the studio working with Eva Langoria on a cockney accent for a film a last minute voice-over for a romantic comedy comes up. Because he likes her, Louis (Demetri Martin – from televison’s Important Things With Demetri Martin), who runs the studio, offers the chance to Carol. She hits it out of the park. So much so that the producer (Geena Davis – Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise) of a quadrilogy of a female teen chick flick wants Carol to do the voice-overs for the film series. A huge deal in the voice-over industry. Carol has the big break she always wanted, but at what cost?
An indie comedy which is not completely navel-gazing is a rare thing and Lake Bell has delivered a quirky comedy that looks at the small (and probably largely unknown) community of people who do voice-overs for movie trailers. Like most facets of the film community this one is made up of losers, rulers and people on the cusp. Obviously Lake Bell has decided to give us a humourous and slanted view of these people and for the most part she has been successful in her endeavour.
Lake Bell is definitely the woman of the hour in this film. She is in control of everything and also stars in it. Her comedic timing and ability with accents is on display throughout. Certainly is a talent and really makes me wonder why she hasn’t exploded onto the scene. Maybe because she doesn’t want to sell out to the almighty buck and have a career filled with romantic comedies and summer action films. Not a bad thing once you think of it.
What I most liked was the discreet feminist message running through the film. It did not come up and smack you in the face, but was definitely there.
-In a World…Promos
-Previews of Austenland, Cold Comes the Night, The Monuments Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, I’m So Excited