‘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

‘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

Other than producing headline writers totally bonkers, the title is obviously intended to evoke views of the rightfully derided motion picture “The Girl in the Window” (itself a “Rear Window” homage), and any selection of other similar thrillers, a la “The Female on the Teach.”

The simple conceit is that Bell’s Anna, however working with the tragic reduction of her child and demise of her marriage, finds consolation gulping down wine and staring out her suburban window, until eventually the arrival of an appealing neighbor (“Da VInci’s Demons” star Tom Riley) with a youthful daughter begins to shake her out of her stupor.

Anna’s clumsy flirtation with the male becomes even more uncomfortable when she catches sight of his design-fairly, flight-attendant girlfriend (Shelley Hennig), till Anna witnesses what sure appears like a brutal murder — unless of course, of training course, she in some way drunkenly hallucinated the full matter.

Bell so joins a extensive line of protagonists who are unable to totally have faith in their individual senses, while her makes an attempt to persuade the police, buddies and her ex-husband (Michael Ealy) that anything transpired generally drop on deaf ears. As a substitute, her alarms provoke a lot more worry about irrespective of whether she could possibly be shedding her grip on truth.

Produced by Bell and Will Ferrell along with series creators Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf (whose credits include the cheeky Grownup Swim animated spoof “Mike Tyson Mysteries”), the sequence does a moderately great occupation teasing out the thriller and suspects but begins to run on fumes in advance of the eight episodes are above.

That’s an inevitable obstacle when seeking to simultaneously spoof the genre and tease out an actual thriller about this episodic structure, but it needs a extra fragile touch than the display persistently displays.

Many thanks to Bell, “The Girl in the Home” (etcetera., and so on.) is a bit far more pleasant than just sipping wine and idly surveilling one’s neighbors. Just not more than enough to generate considerably enthusiasm about the prospect of boarding this practice once more.

“The Woman in the Household Throughout the Street from the Woman in the Window” premieres Jan. 28 on Netflix.