Vocal coach Carol Solomon lives in the shadow of her father Sam, Hollywood’s go-to movie trailer voice, as she tries to break into the field herself.
Carol’s dad is one of the few parents that isn’t totally thrilled their child is following in their career footsteps. Self-absorbed, vain, competitive, and dismissive of everyone – including his much-younger wife – he views Carol’s voice actor and coaching career as of little consequence. When Carol’s offered the job of a lifetime, she not only has to prove that she can handle it, but that she’s even better than the big names in the business.
This is not, as I thought from looking at the Netflix cover, a documentary. If my friend hadn’t told me about it, I would have skipped right over it (again).
I’m not familiar with most of the main cast, but there are a few easily recognizable cameos.
Eva Longoria as herself
Geena Davis as Katherine Hurley
Nick Offerman as Heners
Couch-Sharing Capability: Date Night, Family Night
Despite the endless tropes trotted out (socially awkward slacker daughter, aging peacock father figure, girls against boys, perfect older sister), this movie is a really cute comedy with a little something for everyone: family dynamics, romance, great accents, and a strangely charming underdog. Watch it on a date, with your friends, or with your family: Carol has plenty of awkward moments, but none, I think, that will cause you to avoid your parents’ eyes for a week.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: Optional
Feel free to crack open that bottle of wine with your movie snacks, but you probably don’t need it.
Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Recommended
This movie isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s a fun twist on familiar tropes. Using voice acting as the backdrop makes for some interesting subplots, and I don’t know about you, but I’m always a sucker for watching a lady break into the boys’ clubhouse.