In A World… (2013)

In A World

Lake Bell’s debut writing/directing/producing credit focusing on the trailer voice over industry, as she battles sexism, pride and her father.

I really enjoyed this little film, that I had never heard of before seeing it on VOD.  The story of Bell’s character, Carol Soto, an underachieving vocal coach to the stars, and daughter of the king of movie-trailer voice overs, follow her dreams of becoming a voiceover star, despite the sexist industry, the pride of its stars, and her family. That’s the basic story, but it runs concurrently to sub-plots which see the introduction of ‘those three words’ back into the movie trailer industry, and the marital troubles of Sam’s sister and brother in law.

In A World stands out with its great comedy moments, and characters. Bell plays Sam as a lovable screwball, and her mastery of accents is put to full use, and leads to some of the funniest moments, particularly her mimacry of an annoying women with a ‘sexy-babies’ voice. The supporting cast are again excellent, with Fred Melamed putting in an excellent turn as Sam’s father, the king of the trailer voice over industry, Sam Soto, and Ken Marino (of Veronica Mars and Party Down fame) is excellent as his young protégée.

As a satire, In A World gives an insider’s looks at the industry and in never taking itself too seriously keeps the satire from transforming the picture into a self-indulgent piece, the satire always coming off as both funny and biting. Opening with a great series of clips of Don La Fontaine, the man who bought the phrase ‘In A …’ (World, Town, City, Decade) to the world, his voice instantly recognisable, In A World starts its satire immediately, with clips of La Fontaine ridiculing himself, and runs from there. The scenes with Eva Longaria undergoing voice coaching to improve her British accent – “You Slappa!” are excellent, and again give a good behind the scenes look into the industry.

In A World is an excellent beginning for Bell, showing her talent as a triple threat: writer, director and star. The story, satire and humour are consistently great throughout, and backed up by the first-rate performances of the skilled cast makes this a must watch. 8.5/10

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