Summary: In terms of freshness, this entertaining comedy is unique. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever explored the behind-the-scenes world of the voice-over artist. Many films have shown the trials and tribulations that thespians have to bear when the camera is rolling, but rarely do we see what goes on inside the sound booth. Lake Bell is the director, screenplay writer, and star of this film.
Summary: Pretentious. In a World is a movie involving a universe where every successful person in the film industry happens to be a jew without exception. A film filled with endlessly annoying characters whom are constantly arguing, talking over one another, and fellating themselves as self made gods. This elitist film should come with a warning. The hypocrisy is overwhelming considering the underlying message of inclusivity.
Summary: Not a whole lot of plot here, but it's an enjoyable chick flick. I think of Lake Bell as a glamour girl-type actress, but she plays down the glamour here and inspires sympathy. Gave it an extra point just because it was so darned nice to see a film set "in a world" (the field of voice-overs) that was so refreshingly different from the usual lurid crimes, icky thrillers, "almost true" dramas, dumb comedies, and competitions to set the next new record in F-words.
Summary: I found the movie entertaining, even if the ending was a bit pat. The premise was interesting, it had some funny lines, and the acting was believable. The scene in the ladies' room between Geena Davis and Lake Bell near the end of the film was worth the price of admission. And Eva Longoria's cameo was a hoot.
Summary: When was the last time you heard a female voice over on a trailer for a coming attraction? Okay, let’s go for an easier question like when was the last time you saw a film with a father who is a male chauvinist whose thinks daughters should be seen and not heard? How about an easier question like when was the last time you saw a film starring a person who also, wrote and directed that film?
Summary: Bell has a future writing bad sitcoms for television, as that is what this movie felt like to me. People do not converse normally and although it had a few laughs, most fell flat for me. As an example, the conversation between the neighbor who needs to borrow the shower (she had plumbing problems) and Gary had me moaning it was so unrealistic and silly and LONG. Still, I did think the acting was good throughout and the pacing was good.
Summary: Interesting that all the male (white) roles in the film are caricatures, and all (save one) of the female roles are heroic/tragic despite severe character flaws. I wonder how the screenwriter would have portrayed a male that was an immoral thirty-something couch-surfer, or a philandering hotel employee who sleeps with the paying guests? Feminist indeed! This won the screenwriting award at Sundance?
Summary: Not at all bad, but not great or memorable. Given her talents and experience, it seems that Bell might have done better with her first feature if she'd made a sketch-driven comedy, and saved a comedy with a serious side for a later outing. As it is, there aren't enough of the funny bits, while more or less everything about the serious side falls flat.
Summary: The voiceover business is largely a man's world, esp. for movie trailers. Lake Bell wrote/directed/stars as a woman who's trying to break in. It doesn't help that her father (Fred Melamed) is one of the leaders in the biz and unsupportive of her efforts. Although the overall mood is upbeat, there aren't a lot of outright laffs. The cast in enjoyable and the energy never wanes.