This week we were going to go for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation to guarantee maximum schmaltz and romance with a capital ‘R’. Because both our forays into the Romance genre so far have proven very telling about the human beings that we are, e.g. more into the anti-romance.
That’s until Netflix, the bastard (I love you!), decided to axe The Last Song without so much as a I-don’t-know-what, maybe a call or something wouldn’t have gone amiss? I mean, I was looking forward to enjoying the chemistry between Miley Cyrus and her once real-life beau, the younger Hemsworth brother. But no. Not to be, much like the doomed love affair between these annoyingly attractive young ‘uns. So no The Last Song for us.
Instead I used this opportunity to pick a film from my Netflix queue and one that has come up several times over the last few weeks. I’ll talk about it in a wee bit but first, the review.
You know the drill: *It’s a spoiler MINEFIELD*
In a World… (2013)
Director: Lake Bell
Stars: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins
IMDB Synopsis: An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.
Lake Bell wrote, directed and stars in this film, about a voice coach called Carol who wants in on the male dominated world of voiceovers. Following the death of the ‘Godfather of Industry’, Don LaFontaine (real person), there are a few big hitters waiting in the wings to take over, including Sam Sotto (Carol’s father) who’s kind of a BIG DEAL himself and his protégé, Gustav Warner (Burning Love‘s, Ken Marino).
The biggest gig in voiceover land is, of course, the LaFontaine coined phrase, “In a World…”. That’s like the great white whale of jobs basically. One day, on an assignment to help turn Eva Longoria into a convincing cockney slag (“Is that what you think, you stupid slapper?”), Carol steps in for Gustav on a temp trailer for a ‘romantic comedy for children’ (he has a throat thing see). She, of course, nails the job. Then she gets some other good gigs following that, despite the lack of support from her father, who thinks Carol should stick to accents as the industry “does not crave a female voice.”. Her specialty? Her Russian Star Wars thing.
Not knowing who Carol is (especially as she doesn’t share Sam Sotto’s stage name), Gustav pursues her romantically, and then harder when he learns that she’s stealing jobs from underneath him. Sam is his partner in crime, not knowing that the graphic details of Gustav’s night of passion with this woman is with his own daughter.
Meanwhile, Louis (Demetri Martin), the studio engineer where Carol is working with Eva, gently and awkwardly woos her too (and let me tell you, he is ADORABLE). Throw in a couple of sub-storylines, including a would-be affair between Carol’s sister, Dani and a hot Irish guest at the hotel she works at; and troubles with their father, Sam and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Jamie (Alexandra Holden); plus some hilarious minor characters, and you’ve got a pretty good film, thankyouverymuch.
Will girl power prevail in the end and see Carol snatching the “In a World…” gig from Sam and Gustav, despite the fact she’s a fucking WOMAN? Will she fall for the right guy? and where can I actually see this Amazonian quadrilogy starring Cameron Diaz? I mean, it’s basically Mad Max: Fury Road Redux but I would be all over it like creeping ivy, man.
You can see for yourself because this movie is out there for the taking.
I liked this movie a lot because, after horror, these are exactly the kinds of movies I crave. I bloody love a quirky, Indie comedy and I like it even better when they give me a protagonist I can actually imagine talking about cocks with. In short, she’s likeable and almost like a real person, and that my friends, is a very good thing.
There isn’t much I don’t like about In a World…, it gave me laughs and it also gave me a couple of lump in the throat moments, particularly when Jamie the Bimbo Trophy Wife proves she’s much more when she bollocks her jealous boyfriend and tells his to go and be a good father, or else. There may have been real tears when he dedicates his Lifetime Achievement Award to his daughters too. But that’s just me: a sucker for a daddy moment.
I did wonder why the hell two men were in the running for a voiceover for a quadrilogy about Amazonian women though. It genuinely makes no sense to me from a marketing POV to use a male voice. And since they wanted Carol for this very reason in the first place, to ‘inspire’ the millions of girls who would flock to see it, I do not understand why they suddenly get excited about Sam Sotto, when he decides to compete for the job too. Just me?
All in all I am enamoured with Lake Bell. I think her romance with Louis is adorable and she utters to him possibly the greatest line in movie history after a night singing Ice T at the karaoke: (to paraphrase) “Have you got any of those sleeping pills? It’s going to be really hard to fall asleep after you kiss me”.
4/5 – a nice film, with some funny bits. I want LB’s wardrobe please (5/5 for that).
One day I’ll complete a podcast without a siren interrupting me, I swear. Special snaps to www.bensound.com for my cheeky intro music.
Also, if you want to know more about mumblecore movies, as mentioned in my podcast, this explains it better than I do.
9 thoughts on “In a World… (Film) Review”
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, BLOGGING SUCCESS!!!
I really like this one too.
Ha, I forgot to mention the romantic comedy for children. That cracked me up, and the whole “Welcome to the Jungle…Gym” thing was just genius.
Louis was so so so cute, and I would prob fake being sick so he’d bring me hot water with lemon.
There was not a single moment when I didn’t want to backhand Carol’s dad in the face, but I admit his speech made me want to commit violence slightly less.
Yeah, it made no sense that Carol/really any woman wouldn’t be the best voice for a movie ABOUT women, but I feel like any plot holes in this movie are covered by virtually everyone in the industry being a complete jackass?
Hmmmmm…I’m very suspicious that you stopped your podcast almost immediately after discovering nude pics of Lake Bell. 😉 😉 😉
P.S. Love your theme song and the fact that YOU HAVE A THEME SONG!
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Also, I’m thinking Lovestruck: The Musical for our next film. ABC Family original movie with Jane Seymour, and it just sounds terrible.
I apologize in advance, but it’s been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long since I’ve watched a made-for-tv movie, and I would really like something to snark about.
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I didn’t say as much as I wanted to about the feminist aspects, I mean it’s obvious throughout and I agree that she hasn’t been very subtle about it, which makes her a goddamn goddess. I think I have a major crush man, and why not? There’s almost no facial hair to perv on in this movie, unless you could the amount of body hair on Carol’s almost perpetually half nekkid father. He could facially furnish the entire cast and still be fully covers. What a bear!
I think this was a great pick but it does go against the snarking thing. We need more rubbish but good rubbish. The task of picking is getting harder and harder. I love it though. Lovestruck sounds amazing, I cannot wait. I love a made-for-tv movie. I also want to see the Amanda Knox story with Hayden Panettiere soon, I think that might count in the same genre. Maybe that can be my next pick, if Netflix doesn’t get to it first.
Big love, kitty cat xo
YES, that Amanda Knox movie looks amazing.
I’m all for carrying on the bad tv movie love.
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Done then, and done! 😄
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Ps. That sign off of mine makes me sound like one of the sexist pigs from the movie. I take it back. But no the sentiment xoxo
Ahh, another one I love! This movie makes me so happy and I’ve watched it at least a dozen times and it never stops being super cute. Also, I’ve seen three members of the cast do stand-up live (Tig Notaro, Offerman, and Demeti Martin) and I legit get choked up when Rob Corddry rushes back to hug his wife before leaving. I love it because it’s like, he’s upset, he has every right to be, but he still loves her so much and needs her to know that. Ugh, I’m crying now just thinking about it.
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You know what, that small moment stuck with me too and I have failed to mention him at all in the review. I thought he was really great and the role was unlike any I’d seen hin in before (looking at you Hot Tub Time Machines 1 & 2). I should’ve known you’d love this. I’m reviewing Welcome to Me later this week, have you seen it? x