Parents' Guide to

The Woman in the Window

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, language, suspense in Hitchcock-inspired mystery.

Movie R 2021 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Well Written Suspense and Mystery

This book is great and filled with all sorts of mixed emotions throughout the book. There is a constant battle between the reader and the protagonist. Sometimes you feel remorse, other times you feel frustration towards her actions. The book is great if you like light suspense and mystery. There is also a movie over the book, which is good. Although Amy Adams does a great job, it does not do the book justice.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+
This is a masterpiece! Love the camera quality and blurs around shown objects and characters. Acting is amazing from all characters. Violence is high but I let my 13 and 15 yr olds watch this because they need to comprehend these types of serious matters (such as depression, suicide, etc...) because they need to get used to these types of things from a movie to adjust and prepare for it in real life because these types of matters are very common. I would rather they learn now (the easy way) than get shocked and uncomfortable later on in life. The plot of this movie is very intelligent but there is a lot of violence. My children can handle violence better than me because of the things that are constantly exposing themselves to them. If your children cannot handle graphic violence, then I suggest that they do not watch this series. There are barely any inappropriate scenes. A lot of swearing but my children are already exposed to that subject. So far as I know, my older daughter already curses. There is no consumerism. A lot of alcohol, illegal drugs, and smoking but teaches children side effects and consequences so does not encourage this behaviour. Highly recommend for mature children age 13 and above.

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Too much violence

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With obvious nods to Hitchcock, this film creates suspense through a blend of unpredictable characters, plot twists, ominous music (by Danny Elfman), and gloomy settings seen from odd angles. Like so many psychological thrillers before it, The Woman in the Window wants to make us question who and what is real. The actual violence is less important (or interesting) -- and comes later in the story -- than the palpable sense of menace and the uncertainty of who presents what threat. The tale turns on Anna, an unreliable witness with psychological problems whose abuse of alcohol and medications fuzzes her perceptions. The always-versatile Adams offers a solid performance that fuels the film and compensates for other, less-developed characters. Her Anna is at once heartbreaking and infuriating, a believable everywoman who has lost her will to live, but the essential details of what drove her to the life of a recluse are kept from us for more than half the movie.

There are also themes concerning motherhood and a mother's role in the film, adding to the emotion and contributing to our uncertainty about Anna's state of mind. The men are mostly there to menace, except for two (perhaps coincidentally both Black): her apparently-estranged husband, and the kind detective assigned to her case. The story is structured by days over the course of one autumn week, with Anna repeating rituals (including passing out each night and awaking startled each morning) and only halfheartedly seeking help. There's mention of a previous suicide attempt. The film's production design is all about the mood: Anna lives in a cavernous, jewel-toned brownstone where she keeps the lights constantly dimmed. She's often glimpsed from peculiar angles and reflected in mirrors as she wanders the dark house in her pink bathrobe. The structure and setting are effective enough in putting you on edge, uncertain how events will unfold but sure something bad will happen. When it does, it feels almost anti-climactic; proof again that the waiting is the hardest, but maybe also the best, part.

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