In a World . . . | Chicago Reader

In a World . . .

Lake Bell, a supporting actress in the romantic comedies What Happens in Vegas and No Strings Attached, sticks to the genre for her feature-film debut as writer-director (2013). In this jaundiced take on the LA production biz, she stars as a vocal coach competing in the notoriously male-dominated field of movie-trailer voice-over, undermined in particularly ugly ways by her narcissistic father (Fred Melamed of A Serious Man), himself a voice-over master. Although Bell strains to condemn sexism and cronyism in Hollywood, the subtext—that it's a man's world, so suck it up—is arguably the opposite of her intentions. There's a difference between paying your dues and self-abasement, but you wouldn't know it from this overstuffed and joyless film. With Demetri Martin.

Credits

Director:

  • Lake Bell

Cast:

  • Lake Bell
  • Fred Melamed
  • Demetri Martin
  • Michaela Watkins
  • Ken Marino
  • Rob Corddry
  • Alexandra Holden
  • Tig Notaro
  • Nick Offerman
  • Geena Davis
  • Stephanie Allynne
  • Jeff Garlin

Producers:

  • Eddie Vaisman
  • Jett Steiger
  • Lake Bell
  • Mark Roberts
  • Ross Jacobson
  • Sean O'Grady

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