Lake Bell has mostly been known for supporting roles in films such as No Strings Attached and What Happens In Vegas. Now she goes from supporting player to quadruple threat with her directorial debut which she also writes, co-produces and stars in.
Carol (Bell) is a vocal coach who wants to break into the world of movie trailer voicovers, however she has to overcome being a female in a predominatly male environment. Being the daughter of a famous voiceover artist (Frank Melamed) doesn’t make things any easier. However when she hears the “In a World…” line made famous by Don LaFontaine is due to be brought back for a movie trailer Carol soon finds herself in the running for the job and a chance to change her life.
I have a confession to make. I love movie trailers. Its one of my favourite part of the cinema experience. They are so much fun. Sometimes they can even be better than the actual movie. So for me it was fun to see the behind the scenes of these people trying to win the job as voiceover for a movie trailer (The Amazon Games looking like a great paradoy of The Hunger Games), and the backstabbing and game playing that goes on.
Lead character Carol is a mixture of goofiness and charm and she is a character that is easy to roote for and sympathise with. Its nice to see Lake Bell in the main role for once and proves she can work just as well as any a-listers (a parallel to Carol’s story perhaps?) She also gives plenty of good material to her co-stars as well. Her father Sam is brilliantly played by Melamed, the character is so horrible to his daughters at times that he easily becomes dislikeable but there is moments showing his insecurities and fear of failing that shows you a three dimensional human being underneath.
There are many funny moments in this movie such as Carol’s encounter with fellow voiceover artist Gustoff (Ken Marino) in his hidden room at his party. These are nicely balanced by a touching subplot regarding Carol’s sister Dani (Michaela Watkins)and her husband Moe ( Rob Corddry)going through some marriage difficulties and Carol’s romantic exploits are also nicely played and doesn’t overshadow the main arc of the film which is Carol making her stamp in the natoriously male dominated industry.
This film is perhaps more for film buffs who enjoy a look behind the scenes of the competietive world of voice over tailers, but Carol’s journey should also appeal to the average cinema goer who just fancies watching a good movie.
Rating 3.5/5-Lake Bell proves she’s a force to reckoned with-so watch out!