Only Murderers in The Building – an Intentional Community review

This show is a hit. It has such comedy star power – Steve Martin, Martin Short, Nathan Lane and introduces my generation to Selena Gomez.  I knew I would want to see it from an intentional community perspective. They all live in a coop in New York City, and true to New York style, they don’t know their neighbors until a crisis.  An alarm and evacuation take them out of the building and the three main characters (Played by Martin, Short, and Gomez) all discover they love the same true crime podcast.  Then, there is a real crime in their building – a murder of course. They start their own podcast and try to find out who did it. It’s hilarious because even big pop star musicians are suspects.  

Of course, in the meantime, they meet many neighbors and become a trio of besties.  In one scene, Steve Martin’s character says they have become a community as he sits there with his podcast pals, their fans, and their new romantic partners.  It is a cute story of how just doing something nice like bringing a morning turkey to a neighbor can make your building something more than just a residence.

It is fiction and the building is huge so it would be hard to know all your neighbors.  Community or not, it is a fun show.

I do see a trend on TV – there are always best friends and a warm community. TV sells fantasy and they do a good job at it. I was always jealous of the four women in Sex in the City always having time for each other to brunch. In reality, Kim Cattrail said in a recent Variety interview, they were just professional coworkers.  So, if you move into an intentional community, just remember, it’s not like it’s portrayed on TV.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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