THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW
Starring: Kristen Bell, Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, and Samsara Leela Yett
Creators: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras
Aside from a few scenes (including an over-the-top sex scene that is as bonkers as it is raunchy), The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window seems to think parody is simply doing a purposely “bad,” Lifetime-version of this type of story, which isn’t the same as skillfully skewering it. Frankly, the show is never as clever as its title, and the pseudo-serious approach ruins an idea rife with comedic potential. That said, Kristen Bell is always watchable, and fans of cheesy movies-of-the-week might get enough enjoyment to make the 4-hour binge watch worthwhile.
Kristen Bell is lovable and charismatic enough to make anything watchable, even The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. This comedy offers little in terms of humor, with the title being the funniest part, but it is entertaining. The story is a clever satire of the “missing woman” genre, and it’s convoluted enough to keep you engaged in the mystery. Still, it feels like more could have been done to make it either funnier or darker, but instead it rests comfortably in between.