Let’s face it: mumblecore films are all very similar. They feature characters who are recent college graduates (usually jobless), living in a big city (usually New York), and have a “complicated” love life (usually newly single). Lena Dunham’s semi-autobiographical tale of post-college malaise has all of these components. So, in many ways the movie follows in the genre’s over-tread footsteps. That being said,Tiny Furniture is still a witty take on the messiness of growing up and the difficulties of coming back home again. Dunham stars as Aura, who graduated from college in Ohio only to return to New York jobless and confused. Dunman’s real-life sister and mother also star in the film, playing essentially themselves (her sister as a high-school senior and her mother as a successful artist who makes a living taking pictures of miniature furniture). Throughout this entirely DIY production (Dunham shot the movie in her family’s home) we follow Aura as she deals with family issues, douchey guys, and her wild childhood “best friend” who she actually hasn’t seen for years. And while none of these everyday events are totally groundbreaking, they are a welcome break from all the drama we see every week on Gossip Girl. Tiny Furniture definitely isn’t a “chick flick,” but this is one movie we’d recommend checking out with your best friend. In the end, are any of Aura’s problems ever solved? Not really. But somehow, we’re still entertained.
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