True crime and satire lovers alike should be sure to check out The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window when it arrives on Netflix. The satirical dark comedy stars Kristen Bell as Anna, a woman that seemingly witnesses a murder. However, her love for mystery novels and alcoholic tendencies make it hard for her to separate fiction from reality.
The show seems to parody the subgenre of thrillers in which an innocent, suburban woman gets wrapped up in a mysterious crime. Her credibility as a witness is often questioned as well. Films of this genre, such as The Woman in the Window, Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train, have been criticized for taking themselves too seriously, having misogynistic elements, or lacking substance.
It seems as though Netflix is aware of these criticisms. The Woman in the Window was produced by Netflix and released just last year. Reviews for the film were largely mixed and many critics have deemed it predictable and weak. As depressing as this may sound, bad movies often make great source material for parody-based content. It is interesting to see Netflix capitalizing off of this and making fun of their own work. A satirical look at this genre of film will be sure to provide some much-needed laughter.
Although the show’s trailer has a dark and serious tone, there are a few clues that the show may be more comical than it has been presented. A tagline for the show reads “when it rains, she pours”, referencing the prominence of alcohol in popular psychological thrillers. Netflix itself has tagged the show as deadpan, absurd, and offbeat. Many other comedies can be found in these same categories. Actor and comedian Will Ferrell is credited as a producer of the show as well.
One thing these films share is the inclusion of popular, slightly-overdone tropes. From the mysterious person who cannot be trusted to the suspected delusion of the main character—the new show has a lot to make fun of.
Besides Bell, the show also stars Tom Riley, Michael Ealy, Cameron Britton, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf serve as co-showrunners. The eight-episode limited series is set to release on Netflix on January 28th.