Excerpt: These amusing personalities collide often, and as ego, family, and love intertwine, Bell orchestrates the exchanges with both industry reverence and a license to lampoon its many ridiculous elements.
Excerpt: Bell has targeted a microcosm of the industry she works in and mixed in romantic comedy and family drama elements all while maintaining focus on her throughline and hilariously showcasing her own talent for mimicry.
Excerpt: The satire throughout is subservient to the story and the jokes, which range from broad to very specific, inside baseball stuff (or, in the case of a running joke about how much Carol hates women who talk like sexy babies, things that might just irritate Lake Bell), but it still has real bite to it, and ultimately gives the film an emotional and comedic resonance that belies its otherwise frothy tone.
Excerpt: A genial glimpse into the world of voice-over acting gives In a World… a unique hook with which actor-writer-director Lake Bell can flourish and excite even while sticking closely to genre tropes.
Excerpt: Refreshingly breezy, smart, observant and spirited, ‘In A World…’ strikes a brilliant balance in its commentary about movie-making politics on a smaller scale where one determined woman can literally have her voice heard within the scheme of her own convictions.