“The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is a parody of the crime/mystery genre. It’s hard not to trigger an interest judging by its awful wordy title. But if you are a hardcore fan of the genre, you might want to smash the TV after watching this.
The miniseries creates a love and hate relationship with the viewers because the overall idea and plot twists are so well done it sometimes makes you forget this isn’t a real thriller.
The story revolves around Anna (Kristen Bell), who has experienced a tragic event losing her daughter. Just when she thinks that her life is finally starting to get better, she witnessed a horrible murder, but hold on, yes, no one believed her. Like any other typical thrillers, she couldn’t accept the truth and went on the trail of heavy drinking, pills, and having hallucinations, which is why her husband left her – sounding more and more sarcastic so far? Then one day, a new neighbour, a father and daughter, similar age as her deceased daughter, moved across the street, immediately drawing Anna’s attention. Anna then wanted to prove herself right and decided to find out the truth independently.
As cliche as it sounds, the film techniques and narrative are spot on, and then the ending gives you a HUGE SLAP in the face, reminding you that this is, indeed, a parody. Being a fan of crime/mystery, I felt played after watching the miniseries, and honestly, I don’t know if I’m up for another season. For whatever reason this series was filmed, they did a bloody good job at what they wanted to achieve – a freaking thriller parody.