‘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

Wilton Vinck
Other than earning headline writers certainly bonkers, the title is of course supposed to evoke feelings of the rightfully derided movie “The Lady in the Window” (by itself a “Rear Window” homage), and any variety of other comparable thrillers, a la “The Female on the Practice.”

The fundamental conceit is that Bell’s Anna, however dealing with the tragic loss of her youngster and demise of her relationship, finds consolation gulping down wine and staring out her suburban window, right up until the arrival of an attractive 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 dude gets to be even extra awkward when she catches sight of his product-really, flight-attendant girlfriend (Shelley Hennig), until finally Anna witnesses what sure looks like a brutal murder — unless, of class, she by some means drunkenly hallucinated the whole thing.

Bell thus joins a lengthy line of protagonists who won’t be able to fully belief their own senses, even though her attempts to persuade the police, close friends and her ex-spouse (Michael Ealy) that a little something transpired largely slide on deaf ears. Alternatively, her alarms provoke additional problem about no matter whether she could possibly be losing her grip on actuality.

Produced by Bell and Will Ferrell along with sequence creators Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf (whose credits contain the cheeky Grownup Swim animated spoof “Mike Tyson Mysteries”), the sequence does a fairly superior task teasing out the secret and suspects but commences to operate on fumes right before the 8 episodes are above.

That is an inevitable challenge when trying to at the same time spoof the genre and tease out an precise thriller in excess of this episodic format, but it demands a much more delicate contact than the show regularly displays.

Many thanks to Bell, “The Woman in the Household” (etcetera., and so forth.) is a bit more enjoyable than just sipping wine and idly surveilling one’s neighbors. Just not plenty of to produce a great deal enthusiasm about the prospect of boarding this coach all over again.

“The Lady in the Dwelling Across the Road from the Lady in the Window” premieres Jan. 28 on Netflix.

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