starring Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Rob Corddry
written and directed by Lake Bell
by Angelo Muredda If In a World... seems a bit busy, it's because it has a lot on its plate. The feature debut from "Children's Hospital" star, narrator, and sometimes-director Lake Bell, the film displays all the classic calling cards of an under-appreciated multi-hyphenate talent's break for the mainstream: a plum starring role, punchy dialogue, and a high concept. That conceit, of a female voiceover artist moving up within the ranks of a tetchy, male-dominated industry, comes with its own baggage, instantly reminding us of the relative scarcity of high-profile American comedies shepherded by women. It's a lot for a first feature to take on, and what most impresses about In a World..., which manages the neat trick of being both funny and thoughtful without tipping into melodrama, is its apparent effortlessness--the impression that Bell is casually navigating complicated territory.