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In a World... Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    79

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Ms. Bell, who plays Carol with a perfect blend of diffidence, goofiness and charm, has written and directed an insightful comedy that is much more complex and ambitious than it sometimes seems.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Bell captures the insularity of certain professional pockets of Hollywood, with all their petty rivalries and backstabbing. But she's sharpest in her exploration of what makes women desire success, and what prevents them from getting it.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    The deliriously talented Lake Bell wrote, produced, directed and stars in this peculiar bit of comedy magic, set amid the cutthroat world of Hollywood voiceover artists.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A lively, sometimes very funny comedy.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Before this movie, Lake Bell seemed to have a nice and comfortable career path ahead of her. She was an actress who always provided a spark, whether the vehicle was mundane or first-rate. Now, she’s a name that provokes keen anticipation. Can’t wait to see what Lake Bell the filmmaker does next.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety John Anderson

    To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short. With In a World… , a rollicking laffer about the cutthroat voiceover biz in Los Angeles, she proves herself a comedy screenwriter to be reckoned with.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Indie comedy has positive messages amid language, sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that In a World... is an indie comedy about the world of Hollywood voiceover artists. Actress Lake Bell (Over Her Dead Body, TV's Childrens Hospital) makes her feature writing and directing debut, with some empowering messages for women to go along with her witty humor. Language is perhaps the biggest issue, with fairly frequent use of strong words ("f--k," "s--t," "c--t," etc.). Though no nudity or sex is actually shown, it's strongly implied, and innuendo/sexual references are heavy. The main character sleeps with a man she meets at a party before getting together with her true romantic love interest. Adult characters drink casually, drugs are mentioned, and some products (Sunny Delight) are named. There's no violence, except for some family arguing.

  • Families can talk about In a World...'s attitude toward sex. Does Carol's casual treatment of sleeping with someone impact how you feel about her? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • What are some of the movie's messages for women? Does it matter that the main character is so flawed? Could Bell be considered a role model for women?
  • Were you familiar with Bell before seeing In a World...? What kinds of things did she get to do in this movie that she didn't (or couldn't) in her other movies (or TV shows)? How did she take advantage of being a writer and a director?
  • What did you learn about voiceovers and voice acting from this movie?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: A woman and her father learn to put aside the competitive, cutthroat aspects of their work and to focus on more important things. The father learns to appreciate his family, and the daughter tries to use her newfound status to empower other women.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character becomes a successful voiceover artist and uses her power to spread messages of empowerment to other women. That said, she's not flawless. She has casual sexual relationships and uses strong language.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some family arguments and a strong competitiveness between work colleagues.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nothing sensitive is shown, but there are scenes in which there's no question that sex has occurred. The main character sleeps with a man she's just met at a party and also sleeps with her actual romantic love interest by the end of the film. Another couple has marital troubles when the wife has a meeting with a sexy man. There's strong innuendo ("putting the tip in"), and the couple has "make-up" sex at the end. Kissing is shown.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is fairly frequent and strong throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "c--t," "p---y," "retarded," "hell," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), "goddamn," "slutty," and "whore."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The movie takes place in the world of voiceover artists, who often work in commercials. Sunny Delight is mentioned specifically in one scene. Other brands (Life Savers) are mentioned in asides or as jokes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink socially or at parties throughout the movie, but no one is shown drunk. Drugs like Xanax and Valium are mentioned in passing (in reference to the character's late mother).

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