Sundance review: "In a World..."
Published: January 22, 2013 07:56AM
Updated: January 20, 2013 08:30PM
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Courtesy photo Lake Bell stars in the comedy "In a World...," which she wrote and directed.

"In a World…"

U.S. Dramatic

**** (four stars)

And the award for Sundance's most talented multi-hyphenate goes to Lake Bel, the writer, director and star of the rippingly funny and slyly smart comedy "In A World…". Bell plays Carol Solomon, a Hollywood vocal coach who dreams of being the first great female movie-trailer voice-over performer. Her father (Fred Melamed), the current dean of voice-over artists, constantly belittles Carol's dream, even when she gets a chance at voicing the trailer for a major blockbuster. Carol's chaotic life also includes her uptight sister Dani (Michaela Watkins), Dani's nice-guy husband Moe (Rob Corddry), and a sound-studio operator, Lewis (Demetri Martin), with a crush on Carol. Bell's script is brimming with comic wit, romantic sweetness and a cleverly delivered empowerment message. The cast (which also includes Ken Marino, Alexandra Holden and comic Tig Notaro) adds an extra layer of semi-improvised laughs. But Bell proves she's not just a star, but something the movies can't get enough of: A distinctive voice.

- Sean P. Means

"In a World…" screens again: Monday, 9:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City; Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., The MARC Theatre, Park City. Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City; Saturday, 9 a.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City.