In a World...

Rated: R

        I don’t have the slightest clue how or when I first saw the trailer for In a World…. I know it was during the previews before something else I watched, but I couldn’t tell you what movie that was. Of course, at this point it doesn’t matter whatever the movie I watched that night was. What does matter is that the trailer for In a World… drew me in so strongly that I knew I had to find it and see it. I added it to my book of “must sees”, but didn’t really have to, since the trailer alone left me with such a strong impression to begin with. For anyone that enjoys movies that’s not a title you’ll soon forget!
         I’m sure you can all remember the man with “The Voice of God”, Don LaFontaine, who’s voice drew us all into watching countless movies, TV shows and commercials. He is credited with coining the phrase “In a world…”, which has gone on to be used so many times it’s now considered cliché. The film In a World… opens with a nice tribute to LaFontaine, who died in 2008, and is, (to some degree) a tribute to him.
In a World… is the story of Carol, a young woman who’s struggling as a vocal coach while trying to get into the world of voice over acting for film trailers. The trouble is that she has two seemingly unsurmountable obstacles in the way of her dreams, her world famous vocal talent father, and herself.
        This film is a rarity among the movie industry in that Lake Bell wrote, coproduced, stars in and directs it. Bell found that inspiration for the film began many years ago, when she noticed that, with the exception of the
Gone in 60 Seconds trailer, voiced over by Melissa Disney, there was a deep and omniscient male voice behind every movie trailer out there. Bell was determined, the more she learned, to write a film that overcame this prejudice, and would prove that women can do great things if only given the chance.
In a World… is clever, entertaining, funny, a bit empowering and insightful. The cast Bell was able to assemble is mind boggling, considering this is her first movie. My hope is that she keeps up with the film side of her career, because if In a World… is any indication, we can expect more great things from her in the future. Lake Bell is certainly one to keep an eye on!

In a World… is rated R, was written, directed and coproduced by Lake Bell and stars Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Nick Offerman and more. It’s available now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.