“I just don’t think I understand...”
THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2022) | LIMITED SERIES
THE "IMDB" PREMISE:
"When a handsome neighbor moves in across the street, Anna, a heartbroken woman for whom every day is the same, starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder - Or did she?"
OUR [TO THE POINT] REVIEW:
I just don’t think I understand what The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is going for. Four episodes in and this Netflix series doesn’t seem to understand what it wants to be – it’s not quite parodying the genre itself and yet it wants to be incomparably weird. At times it almost feels like a segment from Portlandia (IFC) but filmed without the charm or comedy. Somehow it’s a murder mystery (as advertised) yet by the end of the first episode all we have is a romance story. The mystery doesn’t actually begin until the conclusion of the second and by then it just doesn’t have room to grow any legs as interest fades.
Existing at a minimal 30-minute runtime that drags for what seems like an hour – I couldn’t bring myself to even come close to finishing this murder mystery / drama / comedy / parody – seriously what is this?! The change of tone is sudden and inconsistent, so the further you get in the series the more you absolutely hate every single character you once had hope might bring with them some entertainment value.
It’s attempting to say something about the seriousness of alcoholism while also constantly throwing a tasteless joke on the subject. The entire experience from the acting to the rhythm-less script is exhausting to sit through and as far as halfway through the series there’s just nothing worth sticking around for. It’s not even worth the time to read the irritatingly long title – this is a series to avoid.