In a World...
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Indie comedy has positive messages amid language, sex.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive MessagesA 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.
Positive Role ModelsThe 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.
Violence & ScarinessSome family arguments and a strong competitiveness between work colleagues.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & NudityNothing 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.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
LanguageLanguage 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."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & PurchasesThe 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.
Drinking, Drugs & SmokingCharacters 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).
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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.
To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Where to Watch
Videos and Photos
In a World...
Based on 3 parent reviews
Light and warm movie
Report this review
Report this review
What's the Story?
After the death of the great (and real-life) movie trailer voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, the playing field is leveled. Sam Soto (Fred Melamed) and the younger Gustav Warner (Ken Marino) hope to resurrect LaFontaine's famous "in a world..." phrase for a new trailer for a high-profile, Hunger Games-like epic. But Sam's daughter, Carol (Lake Bell), a voice coach working with Eva Longoria, throws her hat in the ring, too, stirring up family tensions as well as romantic ones. Carol gets caught between Gustav and kind, nerdy sound engineer Louis (Demetri Martin). To make matters worse, Carol's sister (Michaela Watkins) is having troubles with her husband (Rob Corddry). Will Carol get the job and set things right again?
Is It Any Good?
Bell makes a very promising feature writing and directing debut with IN A WORLD..., pulling herself out of mediocre movie parts by her own bootstraps. As a performer, she's spot-on, simultaneously goofy, charming, witty, slightly damaged, and yet sympathetic. Her screenplay hangs in there from sheer will alone, juggling many different subplots and themes, somehow keeping them all in the air.
As a director, her best aspect is this juggling act; she gives her actors plenty to do and keeps things moving at a good clip, while beautifully rendering the microcosm of the voiceover world. On paper there might just be one too many romantic or job-related crises, but she adds some easy one-liners or some extra beats, and things never get too hectic. And when Bell finally gets the chance to slip in some good, strong ideas, she does so with ease and grace. You just want to cheer for her.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
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?
- In theaters: August 9, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: January 21, 2014
- Cast: Demetri Martin, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry
- Director: Lake Bell
- Studio: Roadside Attractions
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 93 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language including some sexual references
- Last updated: November 17, 2022
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Books with Strong Female Characters
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate