July 1, 2022

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‘The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window’ review: Kristen Bell dials ‘S’ for ‘silly’ in Netflix series spoof

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Other than creating headline writers unquestionably bonkers, the title is clearly meant to evoke feelings of the rightfully derided movie “The Female in the Window” (alone a “Rear Window” homage), and any number of other identical thrillers, a la “The Lady on the Teach.”

The essential conceit is that Bell’s Anna, still dealing with the tragic decline of her boy or girl and demise of her marriage, finds consolation gulping down wine and staring out her suburban window, till the arrival of an desirable neighbor (“Da VInci’s Demons” star Tom Riley) with a young daughter commences to shake her out of her stupor.

Anna’s clumsy flirtation with the man gets even a lot more awkward when she catches sight of his design-rather, flight-attendant girlfriend (Shelley Hennig), right up until Anna witnesses what absolutely sure seems like a brutal murder — unless, of course, she in some way drunkenly hallucinated the complete matter.

Bell therefore joins a lengthy line of protagonists who cannot totally trust their possess senses, whilst her attempts to encourage the police, friends and her ex-spouse (Michael Ealy) that a thing happened largely slide on deaf ears. Instead, her alarms provoke extra problem about irrespective of whether she may be dropping her grip on reality.

Manufactured by Bell and Will Ferrell together with series creators Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf (whose credits involve the cheeky Grownup Swim animated spoof “Mike Tyson Mysteries”), the collection does a fairly good task teasing out the secret and suspects but commences to run on fumes right before the eight episodes are over.

That’s an unavoidable problem when hoping to concurrently spoof the style and tease out an true mystery in excess of this episodic structure, but it needs a a lot more sensitive touch than the exhibit persistently reveals.

Many thanks to Bell, “The Female in the Household” (etc., and so forth.) is a little bit additional enjoyable than just sipping wine and idly surveilling one’s neighbors. Just not plenty of to crank out substantially enthusiasm about the prospect of boarding this prepare once again.

“The Girl in the Home Throughout the Avenue from the Female in the Window” premieres Jan. 28 on Netflix.