Sharp little showbiz story about Carol, a woman seeking to follow her famous father into the world of movie trailer narration. The King — gravel-voiced god Don La Fontaine — is dead, and the industry needs a new voice to tell the world about its latest girl-friendly action epic. Dad (a magnificent, ponderous Fred Melamed) represents the old guard — once, he would have been the obvious choice. But the heir apparent is young, cocksure Gustav (Ken Marino). Carol shouldn't even be in the running, but forces — some benign, some less so — conspire to get her a shot at the prize. There are plenty of behind-the-curtain barbs and yuks, but the trailer is never the whole story, and that goes double here: this is more of a straight family drama than a zany workplace comedy. A fine, funny, thoughtful debut from director-writer-star Lake Bell. With Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman. 2013.

2.0 stars

— Matthew Lickona

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MrWolf Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:13 a.m.

I thought that was Amanda Peet on the movie poster. My wife thought it was Brooke Shields. Instead it was an actress we didn't know. Funny movie. It could've been funnier.

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