Though Jerry Lewis and the late Christopher Hitchens have said otherwise, women can be pretty funny. They just don’t get many opportunities, on film especially, to demonstrate their talents. True, there’s Tina Fey, and the “Bridesmaids” ensemble a couple of years ago, and most recently Maggie Carey’s “The To Do List.” But usually when a woman gets a chance to make a funny movie, like Leslye Headland last year and her film “Bachelorette,” nobody gets a chance to see it in theaters. Maybe Lake Bell’s “In a World . . .” will do better. Even Hitchens and Lewis would get a kick out of it.
Bell wrote and directed the film and also stars, and her voice, sensibility, timing, and pitch-perfect ear for the absurd layer every scene. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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