Starring: Lake Bell, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Nick Offerman, Michaela Watkins, Geena Davis
Directed by: Lake Bell
Synopsis: An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice over profession against her arrogant father and his protege.
This is the second written/directed/starring movie I watched over the weekend, along with Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This one is by Lake Bell and is another accomplished effort.
When I first heard about In A World…I though it sounded like a pretty fun and interesting film. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed by it, just that I was hoping for a bit more. If it was a comedy I can’t say I really laughed much, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It kept me entertained for the length of the movie, there were some good supporting roles for the likes of Ken Marino, Demetri Martin and Nick Offerman, and some crazy fake trailer with (if you look closely) Cameron Diaz.
Lake Bell plays Carol who is daughter to one of the great voice over artists. He is arrogant and dismissive of his daughter and her desire to do the same work he does. He also is a bit of a dead ringer for Francis Ford Coppola but I don’t think that is neither here nor there. Her dad is promoting the new kid on the block, Gustav Warner, played by a slick and sleazy Ken Marino. Carol scoops one of Gustavs gigs when he is sick and then she gets the gig on a big movie trilogy. Before you know it, her Dad and Gustav pitch their hats in the ring as well, and it becomes a three way race to book it.
I liked the film on the whole, I just wasn’t wowed by it like I thought I might be, or wanted to be. I wanted it to charm me. I liked the relationship between Carol and Louis, and I liked the fact that the film was given some depth because of the b story featuring Carol’s sister and husband, although I’m not sure what it had to do with the story overall.
Like Don Jon, this was another good effort from a debut(?) director and, again, I’ll look forward to seeing what Lake Bell does next.