Movie Review: 'Tiny Furniture'

Movie Review: 'Tiny Furniture'

Summary: A girl fresh out of college returns home and is struggling with her career, relationships and family.

Published November 25, 2010

Summary : A girl fresh out of college returns home and is struggling with her career, relationships and family.

Review : Tiny Furniture is a film that I never thought I would have enjoyed as much as I did. The reviews have been extremely mixed; there is a particular sass and sarcasm that may not be able to transcend all audiences but is funny enough if you watch with an open mind.

Directed by and starring Lena Dunham, this quirky flick has a raunchy, oddball spirit that is easy to enjoy if you don’t take it too seriously. Thankfully, Tiny Furniture doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should the viewer. Based in New York, the main character, Aura, is prancing around the city in what she calls “post-graduate delirium.” She is a chubby college grad seeking validation; however, the people who don’t oblige, like her younger sister and mother, are constantly calling her out for being pathetic. Every time Aura tries to sulk in her own drama, her family is there to point it out. So, she reverts to desperate measures like having random sex with a co-worker in a metal tube on the roof. There is certainly a John Waters element to Dunham’s work, which many people will despise.

For some, the content might be a little too disturbing, the production value too low, and the characters too whiny. But, these people do exist, especially post-college. It is a challenge to feel sorry for Aura. She is a privileged New Yorker walking around amidst her own narcissism. This isn’t the most likable character, but there might be some truth to her. In a year of extremely bland comedies, Tiny Furniture brings some laughs. Is it a memorable film that will be exalted as one of the best indie films of 2010? No. But, it was entertaining for right now.

Written by Clay Cane


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