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Review: 'In A World...'

August 16, 2013 11 a.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reviews "In A World..."

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ANCHOR INTRO: When you watch a movie trailer you probably recognize the stars and even the director. But do you ever think about the person doing the voiceover? KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando reviews “In A World…,” an indie film about a voice over actress.

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How many times have you heard a movie trailer start like this…

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Well Carol wants to be the first woman to voice an epic movie trailer using the opening lines made famous by the late Don La Fontaine, the voiceover king. But Carol’s dad, who fancies himself the heir apparent to LaFontaine, dismisses her ambitions as silly.

DAD: You should stick with the accents, that’s your thing. That’s what you’re good at what was that great, that Russian Star Wars thing you used to do as a kid?
CAROL: I know the one you’re talking about but dad…
DAD: No, what was it?
CAROL: Don’t make me do it.
DAD: Com’on, please let me hear it
CAROL: Dese are not da droids you are looking for.

“In a World…” is a charming, good-natured, and warm-hearted indie film. It’s both a quirky romantic comedy and an insider’s look at what goes on behind the sound proof doors of a recording studio. Writer, director, and actress Lake Bell plays the insecure, talented, and cautiously hopeful Carol. Through Carol – and Bell’s a comic lens -- we get a taste of how the voiceover and voice acting world works. It’ll make you listen to those movie trailers in a whole new way.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.