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Kristen Bell dials ‘S’ for ‘foolish’ in ‘The Girl within the Home Throughout the Road from the Woman within the Window’


Apart from making headline writers completely bonkers, the title is clearly supposed to evoke ideas of the rightfully derided film “The Girl within the Window” (itself a “Rear Window” homage), and any variety of different comparable thrillers, a la “The Woman on the Prepare.”

The essential conceit is that Bell’s Anna, nonetheless coping with the tragic lack of her baby and demise of her marriage, finds comfort gulping down wine and staring out her suburban window, till the arrival of a beautiful neighbor (“Da VInci’s Demons” star Tom Riley) with a younger daughter begins to shake her out of her stupor.

Anna’s clumsy flirtation with the man turns into much more awkward when she catches sight of his model-pretty, flight-attendant girlfriend (Shelley Hennig), till Anna witnesses what positive seems to be like a brutal homicide — until, in fact, she one way or the other drunkenly hallucinated the entire thing.

Bell thus joins an extended line of protagonists who cannot totally belief their very own senses, whereas her makes an attempt to persuade the police, associates and her ex-husband (Michael Ealy) that one thing occurred principally fall on deaf ears. As an alternative, her alarms provoke extra concern about whether or not she is likely to be dropping her grip on actuality.

Produced by Bell and Will Ferrell together with collection creators Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson and Larry Dorf (whose credit embrace the cheeky Grownup Swim animated spoof “Mike Tyson Mysteries”), the collection does a fairly good job teasing out the thriller and suspects however begins to run on fumes earlier than the eight episodes are over.

That is an inevitable problem when making an attempt to concurrently spoof the style and tease out an precise thriller over this episodic format, but it surely requires a extra delicate contact than the present persistently reveals.

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Because of Bell, “The Girl within the Home” (and many others., and many others.) is a little more satisfying than simply sipping wine and idly surveilling one’s neighbors. Simply not sufficient to generate a lot enthusiasm concerning the prospect of boarding this prepare once more.

“The Girl within the Home Throughout the Road from the Woman within the Window” premieres Jan. 28 on Netflix.

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