Oh, this was just a pure joy from start to finish. Quirky scenario, great script and a hugely likeable cast make this an easy film to warm to. Music choices are spot on (who doesn't love Tears For Fears?) and really I found the whole thing an unexpected treat to watch. Looking forward to Lake Bell's next project!
Nice idea, engaging diverse characters, some good quirkiness - relatively rare to feature people working and doing "ok" - but with of course typical super-rich American Dream success being the main reward if not necessarily the goal for the central character. Since the theme is the emancipation of the female voice, the final scene opens a can of worms, politically, if you are interested IRL issues.
Lake Bell is one of my new heroes. She wrote, directed and starred in this indie masterpiece about a vocal coach who aspires to be a female trailer voiceover artist. Its a film that all women, who wish to creative, should see. At the end, you just want to punch the sky with delight. You could adapt this tale to many creative professions.
Meaningfully riffs on generational pain, what it means to be a good person, and how what you see on someone's surface is rarely reflective of what's going on underneath. Begins as an awkward guy gets the girl thing, but resists centering the male protagonist's "fear" and the female protagonists "unavailability." Instead it's just about how people (men and women) struggle to communicate their feelings effectively.
Lake Bell does fine in the lead role, and is ably supported by the likes of Fred Melamed, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, and Demetri Martin. It's just a shame that it feels a bit too unfocused and meandering. The humour isn't sharp enough, the drama is tough to care about (with the exception of scenes featuring Corddry), and it's just all a bit too frothy when you can't help but wish it had more bite.
LOVE this. "Whose Ready To Be Heard?" Really fun. The brilliantly chosen cast just play with the whole film keeping it light and easy. Perfectly awkward. Awesome, uncommonly presented POV. Love the removal of being too cheesy but still hitting it bang on in respect of the politics. A film of honesty, strength, respect, truth and love. Such a great watch. Lake Bell is a don.
Witty film with lots of charm and some nice emotional touch points. DO NOT try and do anything else whilst watching the film - the speed of the banter can be so fast that you'll miss it if you're not concentrating. Very last (thankfully short) scene is pretty cheesy - 2/5 for that.
Good, warm and fuzzy romantic comedy with a welcomed feminist edge. The premise is actually pretty interesting, but it would've been just a run of the mill milquetoast story if it wasn't for Lake Bell showing great chops directing, acting and writing. And the suporting cast is wonderful. I could watch 90 minutes of Demetri Martin, Tig Nataro and Nick Offerman being awkward and funny in the recording studio.