‘In A World’ (2013): Quick Thoughts on the Voice Over Comedy (Review)

Those of you who were born after 1994 or did not pay that much attention to movie ads may be unfamiliar with the name Don LaFontaine. For years he was the main voice of many movie trailers and commercial spots. The phrase “In a World” was trademarked by him and was used in everyone of the trailers he did.  The movie of the same name is a loving tribute to the art of voice over, and is also a funny albeit predictable rom-com as well.

Carol(Lake Bell) is a vocal coach who dreams of having having her voice used in movie trailers.  Her father Sam (Fred Melamed) is a very famous voice over artist who believes women don’t belong in the industry.  When an opportunity comes up to voice the trailer for a big budget movie based on a  a popular YA fantasy book.  Carol will have to compete with  Gustav (Ken Marino) the new kid blowing up the scene and her father.

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This was a enjoyable flick and I’m kind of sad I have never heard of Lake Bell before now.  Oh I’m sure I have seen her before in other things, but I can’t really place who she played.  But regardless of that she is a great talent both in front and behind the camera.  She knows how to make a scene funny or dramatic when it needs to be and can get good believable performances from her cast.  The way the script parodies certain trends in Hollywood and how women are perceived in it is also really funny. Kudos to Eva Longoria for having a sense of humor by making fun of herself in this.  The only thing that was a bit too cliched,was the love triangle between Carol, Gustav and her editor/friend Louis(Demetri Martin).  You know right away what the outcome is before they do. But watching their journey was still a lot of fun.  The tension between Carol and her father is also bit predictable, but in no way did it make me loose interest in the story.

I could see this becoming a TV series because all of the characters are likeable (even when they do stupid things)and it would be a lot of fun to see them every week.  Each episode could also poke fun at other overplayed movie tropes and would feature a famous Hollywood person satirizing him or herself.

Overall: 8.0/10

What did you think about this comedy?  Please leave some thoughts in the comments below.

Written By The Vern

Yes Hello people. It is I The Vern. Lover of movies, women, and whiskey, but not in that particular order. Besides writing for this site. I help co host The As You Watch podcast and help contribute to the world of films wherever I can.

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  • Chris Widdop

    Good review. I thought this was a pretty nice little movie as well. 🙂

  • Rodney

    The trailer for this made it look like fun – glad to hear the finished project was fairly decent!

  • I thought it was an affable enough movie, I enjoy the voice over industry so this was a nice little glimpse into that world. Lake Bell was on Boston Legal for a while, she was decent on that.

  • The Vern

    Thanks Chris. It was better then a lot of other rom com’s I’ve seen.

  • The Vern

    Sadly the trailer used a lot of really good jokes but the movie itself did maintain a lot of good humor. The trailer for the book at the end is funny

  • The Vern

    She is triple threat, Smart, sexy, and funny. Thanks for the comment

  • Really excited to see this, looks like an enjoyable film.
    Is it true Cameron Diaz cameos?

  • The Vern

    Yeah she plays the leader of the amazonian women in the trailer that Lake Bell’s character is voicing. She is unrecognizable just like she was in “Being John Malkovich”

  • Chris

    Think I’ve missed this one due to it only getting a very limited release but I really want to check it out at some point. Nice write up Vern.

  • The Vern

    Yeah Im a bit surprised this got such a limited run. I hope you do get a chance to check it out