In a World...
Starring: Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Fred Melamed, Alexandra Holden, Eva Longoria, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Nick Offerman, Geena Davis
Directed by: Lake Bell
Run Time: 93 mins
Opens August 16th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening this week as a Harkins Camelview Exclusive is an indie film that created quite a buzz at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Taking the prize for the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Nominated for the Grand Jury, triple threat director, writer and lead actress of the film, Lake Bell has assembled a top notch comedic cast. Although the film bills such names as Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman and the ever so random Geena Davis, how will audiences respond to the indie film?
In every business, there is someone who perfects their craft so well that it becomes legendary. In the world of voice over acting, three little words spoken by Don LaFontaine, “In a world...” is the creme de la creme of voice over work. Carol Solomon’s (Lake Bell) father, Sam Soto (Fred Melamed) is also a legend in the business but has not quite reached LaFontaine status. Carol, on the other hand, is a bit of a lost soul. Like her father she works in the Biz, but as a vocal coach, taking small jobs when she can.
In an effort to get Carol out of her creative rut, Sam kicks Carol out of his house so his young girlfriend, Jaime (Alexandra Holden)can move in. Carol ends up crashing at her sister Dani’s (Michaela Watkins) place, where she and her husband Moe (Rob Corddry) have been having problems of their own.
Carol’s luck seems to change when she’s called by a friend, Louis (Demetri Martin) to do some vocal coaching for Eva Longoria. As fate would have it, Carol ends up filling in for voice over actor/ hot-shot Gustav (Ken Marino), taking the job away from him and landing a few more. Suddenly, Carol is in demand for projects, including a quadrilogy of the latest book franchise for tweens, “The Amazon Games”. This causes a frenzy among the seasoned veterans as Carol is up for the revival of the epic trailers opening “In a World..” used in “The Amazon Games”. In a division of the industry where looks don’t matter, but the tone of your voice does, primarily dominated by males, will Carole lead the way for future women voice over actors to get better projects or will the males continue to dominate?
Using her quirky, rambling style to bring attention to industry that most people don’t worship as celebrities, Lake Bell does a superb job of bringing this story to life. The characters are interesting; dialogue is rapid-fire and fun and overall a unique subject that everyone watches but rarely thinks about the intricacies of the behind the scenes. Bell also give females a voice in a normally male dominated business and proves that female voice over actors can be just as talented as the men. Be sure to check out “In a World...” when it opens at Harkins Camelview 5 starting Friday August 16, 2013.