Flashback Friday review of “In A World…”
Written and directed by: Lake Bell
Starring: Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, and Michaela Watkins
I watch a lot of movies. I mean A LOT of them, but once in a while there is a movie that peaks my interest but for some reason I never get around to watching. It just sits in my watch list on IMDB or my instant queue on Netflix, and I forget about it. That is exactly what happened with “In A World…”. Well… I am happy to report that today I watched it, and thank god I did because it is fantastic!
Carol (Bell) is a struggling vocal instructor who lives in the shadow of her beyond narcissistic father (Melamed). When dear ol’ dad kicks her out of his house so he can have his much younger girlfriend Jamie (Alexandra Holden) move in, Carol has no choice but to move in with her sister Dani (Watkins) and her husband Moe (Corddry). She feels like she’s hit bottom, but gets a lucky break when she lands a voice over gig for a children’s movie. It doesn’t end there as she soon finds herself in the running for the trailers for “The Amazon Games” (Gotta love the name) quadrilogy. Now she has to beat out her own father and his young protege Gustav (Marino) for the job.
I knew very little about Ms. Bell coming into this movie. To be completely honest, I was interested because I love much of the supporting cast. On that front, I was not let down. The whole cast is wonderful. From Rob Corddry as an almost too nice husband and Demetri Martin as a studio sound booth operator who is adorably head over heels for Carol to Fred Melamed as her distant, self-obsessed father they are all perfect in their roles. But, WOW! this Lake Bell lady blew me away. Not only did she write and direct, she plays the central character with a goofy/bitingly sarcastic finesse that you would think she had one or two Oscars on her fireplace mantle at home. Not to mention her script is a brilliant and even important commentary on the sexism that is has been rampant in Hollywood for generations.
That may be what I liked most about the film. It had a message and delivered that message with a strong voice. In a time when our society is becoming more equality based, sexism in the film industry is something that has yet to be loudly addressed. There are some (Lexi Alexander comes to mind) who have began to start conversations about changing the balance of power in the male dominated, multi-billion dollar industry. One thing that will be a big help in pushing things that way, will be if more brave female directors make movies like this.