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The Woman in the Window

also known as “A Mulher à Janela,” “A Mulher na Janela,” “Bí Mật Bên Kia Khung Cửa,” “Kobieta w oknie,” “Kvinden i vinduet,” “Kvinnan i fönstret,” “La donna alla finestra,” “La mujer en la ventana,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for violence and language.

Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
CONTRIBUTOR

Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young-Adults
Genre:
Suspense-Thriller Crime Mystery Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 40 min.
Year of Release:
2021
USA Release:
May 14, 2021 (Netflix, although originally meant for theatrical release
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Relevant Issues
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A woman living alone in New York City in a brownstone that once housed her happy family—having been separated from her husband and daughter

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Sad effects of suffering from agoraphobia

ANXIETY, FEAR AND WORRY—What does the Bible say? Answer

Abuse of medications and alcohol

Child psychologists

Inadvertently witnessing a brutal crime that is later hidden

Chatting on-line with strangers

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Spying on neighbors

Having one’s sanity questioned

SUICIDE—What does the Bible say? Answer

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Featuring: Amy AdamsAnna Fox
Julianne MooreJane
Gary OldmanAlistair Russell
Jennifer Jason LeighJane Russell
Wyatt RussellDavid
Anthony MackieEd Fox
Brian Tyree HenryLittle
Tracy LettsDr. Landy
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Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Scott Rudin Productions
Fox 2000 Pictures
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“She has nothing to prove but what’s real”

“Does her eye deceive her?”

“The Woman in the Window” tells the story of a troubled protagonist/antagonistic heroine Anna Fox (Amy Adams), who is an agoraphobic child psychologist who uses her obsession with keeping tabs on her neighbors and prying into their personal lives as a coping mechanism to avoid her own issues. Her seemingly sad yet complicated life is forever changed when she witnesses a violent murder, or did she?

That’s the dizzying setup for this tense thriller.

Let’s start with the acting, Amy Adams, completely makes the film. She gained weight for the role, and, while still recognizable, her physical change is impressive. Gary Oldman, an amazing actor, makes ample work of the character; I was left wanting more of him in this film. Julianne Moore’s role is an important one, and she does a great job.

This film is based on a book by A.J. Finn, which would explain why the plot, while complex, is executed so well. Cinematography is high-end theater quality, enjoyable to the eye.

The biggest issue for me is the abuse of prescription medications and drinking in this film. There is also a lot of foul language and violence with blood shown. There are also mentions of infidelity which is plot driven.

One Biblical reminder kept coming to my mind—the importance of a sober mind. The film displays the adverse impact of the main character’s insobriety, and of course this rings true Biblically.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” —Peter 5:8

We, as Christians, are in spiritual warfare, and there is a scene that somewhat visually shows the battle we face. There is also a concurrent lesson about wanting to tune out God and seek things of the world, which leaves us empty and open to attack from the enemy.

Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer

Is Satan A REAL PERSON that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer

SATAN’S STRATEGY—What is one of Satan’s most successful strategies in dealing with followers of Christ? Answer

As for a recommendation, considering everything listed above, it’s a pass. The storyline is good, with a few surprises, but there is simply too much objectionable content.

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Extreme
  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Very Heavy— • “motherf***er” • other F-words (11) • S-words (6) • “P*ssed” • “B*tch” • “He’s getting off on controlling me”
  • Profane language: Heavy— • “Jesus” (3) • “G*d d*mn” • “d*mn” • “G*d” (3) • “hell” (3)
  • Nudity: Moderately Heavy— • Woman in bra • Woman’s bare breast (brief, partial view) revealed in partly open robe • Woman in bathtub (side view—head and shoulders) • Cleavage
  • Sex: Moderately Heavy— • Comment made by arguing couple: “The one f***ing the other person is to blame.” • Two comments about a man sleeping with another man’s mom
  • Occult: None

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive
Positive—I streamed “The Woman in the Window” on Netflix as soon as it was released, and I love this movie, it’s one of the best films of this year that I’ve seen so far.

I’m a strong in faith Christian and I’m a film buff… I don’t find this flick offensive, the reviewer made a lot of good points about the alcohol and medications, and as a Christian I also dislike it when Jesus’ name is used wrongly in movies.

The positive elements of this film is that it’s different than a lot of motion pictures that we see today, this one is clearly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock movies and I like that they have incorporated those old motion pictures into a modern book-made-into-a-movie.

I own the book and I’m glad I didn’t read it because I wouldn’t have enjoyed this Flick as much.

Another positive aspect is that this Flick is not sexual, as an Asexual I was pleased to see that there is no sensuality or anything like that, it’s a proper thriller! An older male character makes a false implication about the platonic friendship of an older woman and a younger man, but if you’ve seen or are going to watch this film—it will be made clear that there is nothing sexual going on. There are however a couple of other sexual implications in this movie, but only in dialogue and nothing like that is shown, this is extremely mild compared to many films, and like I said—as someone who is Asexual—this film didn’t make me uncomfortable and I found it made a change and focused heavily on the psychological thriller and mystery element.

“The Woman in the Window” has a predictable factor, but I was not expecting one of the plot-twists.

This is a brilliant movie, with a thrilling score, great directing and fantastic performances.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Nadine, age 37 (United Kingdom)

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