“In A World…”
The voiceover world is apparently a very
small one. Either you have to be a
well-known actor already, or be so golden-throated as to be that
one-in-a-hundred-million resonant, iconic-James Earl Jones-type voice, with
unforgettably sonorous pipes. (Interesting
that Jones himself was unaccredited as the original voice of Darth Vader,
In Carol’s world, her Dad, Sam (Fred
Melamed) is that guy, The Man, The Legend, the one the whole industry now
flocks to as the “go-to” guy, and that kind of attention has not done kind
things to her personality. He’s
become so self-absorbed that he still patronizes both his grown daughters, and
casts such a large shadow that it’s difficult for them to find their own
light. Carol (
) is trying to make it in her Dad’s chosen field, and not having an easy
time of it. She still lives with her
Dad (her Mom is deceased), but Dad now tells her that he wants his latest
bimbo to move in, so she has to move out.
That throws her in with her sister, Dani
(Michaela Watkins), and her husband Moe (Rob Corddry), who are accommodating
enough, but they’re having their own problems.
Dani is a concierge at a luxury hotel, and is pursued relentlessly by
solo guests who are eager to leave their relationships back where they came
from, and Dani just might be susceptible to succumbing to their enticing
blandishments. Carol’s big rival in
the overdub biz is Gustav (Ken Marino), who turns out to be a conscienceless
slimeball, but his amorous attentions are enough to distract Carol from the
co-worker who really cares for her but he’s too shy to show it.
This film was written and directed by
, and the script is refreshingly comical, keeping the viewer chuckling, if not
guffawing, throughout. The problem is
that she writes herself as the heroine of all the subplots.
Her Dad’s a selfish, bombastic jerk, but finally expresses his love
for her, partly because her Dad’s bimbo has become enamored with Carol’s
character. Her scofflaw professional
rival gets both defeated and exposed for the empty-hearted manipulator that he
is. Even her too-shy co-worker finally
manages to express his affection for her, right as she is finally succeeding
mightily in her field, so that at the end she is now holding “how to
succeed” seminars. Well, it’s not
that we’re not rooting for her, because she is a winsome and likeable
character, but nobody gets everything they want.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Minister, St.
Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,