In a World……….
IN A WORLD… (15)
Run time: 93mins
Distributor: Sony Pictures Director: Lake Bell
Cast: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Geena Davis, Demetri Martin, Eva Longoria
Synopsis: An under-achieving 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.
Lake Bell wrote, directed and stars in this sparkling independent comedy about Carol a voice coach trying to make it as a voice-over star in a closed male shop dominated by her famous father, Sam (Fred Melamed) and his preferred protégé, Gustav (Ken Marino)
This trio are competing for the voice-over role for an epic new blockbuster series that’s bringing back Don LaFontaine’s famous “In a World…” trailer.
The film opens as if it is a documentary tribute to the legendary LaFontaine, the actor whose mellifluous tones introduced 5000 film trailers between 1976 until his death in 2008.
Sam consistently under-rates his daughter’s talent and further cranks up the family dysfunction by dating a younger woman, Jamie (Alexandra Holden).
It is pacy, witty and delivers its equality message in a clever and unpreachy manner. A fascinating glimpse into the world of voiceover actors proving that they are a real profession – even if they do spend most of their lives unknown to the general public.
The film is packed with Hollywood ‘A’ listers : Geena Davis, Eva Longoria and Cameron Diaz (uncredited) plus top comedy talent – Fred Melamed, Jeff Garlin and Rob Coddry who will all be familiar to Curb Your Enthusiasm fans.
This is a film proves that Lake Bell is a true talent with an instinct for creating genuinely thought provoking entertainment.
Picture courtesy of Sony Pictures