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403. In a World...

Published February 24, 2014

Background info

Title: In a World… Director: Lake Bell Year: 2013 Run time: 1hr 33m

“Inside the cutthroat culture of movie trailer voice-over artists, Carol, a young female voice coach, joins the all-male race to land the white-hot new trailer of a blockbuster trilogy, and with it lay claim to the legendary catchphrase “In a world…”.”

Live blog

2:30 - “He was the Don.” And his name was Don. Geddit? 6:28 - Getting psychological advice from Yahoo Health. Brilliant! 7:45 - “I’m gonna support you by not supporting you.” 17:31 - He does have a very nice Irish accent. 19:17 - She’s dipping a spoon into chocolate spread and then peanut butter. I know it exists but I do not approve. 21:34 - Argh, people with “funny” voicemail messages. 24:53 - I can’t see showering in someone else’s apartment, and I’m not sure about letting someone in to shower either! 28:10 - Are they the clothes she wears or is she having a laundry situation? 28:38 - Lewis has the most awkward conversations in the world! Amazing. 31:25 - Genius licence plate: “Anunci8” 36:45 - She said she’d be classy, within minutes she’s drunkenly dancing and falling over. 41:29 - “There’s something about you that reminds me of me,” is not a chat up line. 48:48 - Working in a recording studio must be ace. 51:08 - “The Amazon Games quadrilogy.” Amazing. 51:42 - Dropping the broccoli is a phrase I don’t know but wish I did. 1:05:34 - Lewis mixed up his metaphors a lot but I’m still rooting for him. 1:08:25 - “If you need anything, coach on the couch.” 1:10:10 - Who sets their alarm for 7:17am? 1:14:06 - The In a World thing is kinda laughable though, these days, isn’t it? 1:20:49 - That’s Cameron D! 1:22:15 - This Midwestern accent is fascinating!

Conclusions

We’d had this film on our radar and wanted to watch it a while ago but other films kept taking priority. Eventually, we rented it to force our hand and thus got round to a viewing.

It was awkward at every single stage, each scene containing yet more amazing awkwardness, embarrassing conversations and shameful situations. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except there was no let up in the cringing!

Mostly, it was a good film, although some of the characters did seem to be caricatures of real human beings - Gustav in particular. I was also slightly skeptical that there is so much angst in the trailer voice-over world anymore. I can’t remember the last time I heard a voiceover, saying “in a world” or otherwise.

Rating: 3/5

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