The last weekend of summer brings the summer's best comedy.
"In a World..." is a sunny, funny story of Carol (played by Lake Bell, the movie's writer and director), a Hollywood vocal coach who dreams of doing voice-overs for movie trailers. But the voice-over world is a man's world, as her father Sam (Fred Melamed), a veteran voice-over artist, constantly reminds her. Bell dovetails Carol's story with a romantic subplot (between her character and Demetri Martin) and the marital troubles of his sister (Michaela Watkins) and brother-in-law (Rob Corddry). Bell crafts some sharp dialogue with a cagey feminist message, gathers a slew of funny side performers (including Ken Marino, Nick Offerman and Tig Notaro), and shows a gift for physical comedy.
The likely box-office champ this weekend is "One Direction: This Is Us," a concert film/infomercial for the British boy band. Fans will swoon to every performance and backstage tidbit. Nonfans, if they get dragged to see it, may find a few moments of entertainment.