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.
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.
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