Tiny Furniture

Tiny Furniture

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I guess it’s no coincidence that I am a small time critic as opposed to an important decision maker at a movie studio.

I can not figure out why some types of movies have broad appeal while others are only seen by a few people.

For example: a movie about a wise cracking billionaire who makes an iron battle suit and uses it to fight robots is a $300 million blockbuster.

A movie about 3-D toys that are nostalgic for the boy who used to play with them is the #1 hit of 2010.

A three-hour snooze-fest about blue Native American-esque aliens who battle human miners is the top grossing film of all time.

Meanwhile, “Tiny Furniture” – a splendid little movie about the life of a normal young woman – isn’t even on the radar of most filmgoers and is only playing at a handful of art theaters.

Well, I’ll take an intelligent drama about real life over a ridiculous action flick any day.

“Tiny Furniture” follows a few weeks in the life of Aura: an average young woman who just graduated from college and has moved back home to live with her artist mom in her Manhattan apartment.

Aura knows how to meet guys and make Youtube videos, but she doesn’t have many real life skills or much motivation.

Aura lands a lousy job at a nearby restaurant and can’t handle it very well. She meets some lousy men and can’t handle them very well, either.

I am very impressed by 24 year old writer/director/star Lena Dunham.

Dunham is clearly an amazingly talented and driven person. However, she was able to create and perfectly embody a much more average young woman.

I think that most women in their early 20s will be able to relate to Aura and her failure to find focus, direction, or a stable relationship.

We’ve all heard the news that this is the first generation of Americans who do not expect to make more money than their parents. However, “Tiny Furniture” is the first movie that really explores this phenomenon and how it affects both parent and child.

Dunham is also incredibly insightful about the way young men truly are. Without an ounce of judgment or sexism, Dunham exposes the different ways that guys behave undependably and emotionally inaccessibly – and how frustrating that is to a woman who is trying to learn how to have an adult relationship.

Dunham explores these subjects with remarkable subtlety – deftly weaving the ideas into the story. This is a very well-written and well-made little film.

If you appreciate smart, believable character-driven dramas like I do, “Tiny Furniture” is a must-see.

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