Tiny Furniture (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Dunham plays a recent film school graduate who returns home to live with her mother and sister in New York. Reeling with uncertainty, she has no idea what to do with her life. She reconnects with old friends, take a entry level job, spars with her sister and generally just goes with the flow with a rather apathetic view toward the future. Some of the film's funniest moments are provided by the almost elitist and superior set of friends that Dunham weaves throughout the picture. Kids who have more confidence and entitlement than ambition or talent.Read more ›
Aura has just finished college in Ohio. Her major is Film Theory. Her boyfriend of 3 years has broken up with her, however. With no job prospects and no love life, she returns to the NYC home of her mother and her gifted younger sister Nadine. She spends a lot of time moping and she half-heartedly restarts a friendship with the far perkier, but clearly spoiled and selfish Charlotte. She takes a low paying job as a day hostess. She half-heartedly dates a Youtube star she meets at a party and she half-heartedly flirts with a good-looking but attached chef at her restaurant.
Aura is utterly aimless...and it is her aimlessness that is the focus of director/writer/star Lena Dunham's TINY FURNITURE. It's a very low-budget film that depicts lots of listless young people doing a lot of whining, navel-gazing and engaging in sharp-edged banter. The movie shows us a very tiny little particular sub-culture of humanity (bored, over-educated, under-employed New York City residents with artistic pretensions). It feels very real and specific...yet the people we meet are extremely aggravating. Some will find them actively upsetting. I found most of them to be beneath getting worked up about...but just low-grade annoyances. And absolutely NOT people I'd want to spend time with.
Aura makes mistakes with both men...but neither of them was right for her anyway.Read more ›
I don't think this film is the worst thing I've ever seen, but it is not a very good film, either. It's barely a mediocre one. It becomes more and more boring as it progresses, and aside from a few funny lines and good widescreen framing, it's an immensely dull exercise. Most of the acting borders on grating, and many of the characters are just dull and very uninteresting. The characters may be aimless, but the filmmaking is also aimless as well. It's shapeless and formless, and feels like a student film more than anything. Some people have called it a glorified home movie, and in some ways, they're right. Lena Dunham's cast consist of her sister and mother (her mother is a famous photographer in NYC, which may explain why Lena is getting a lot of breaks in her career after one mediocre film).
Trendy critics who are praising this film to the hilt should really reconsider their opinions next time. It is more important to look at a film objectively and criticise it on its merits than being part of the next hip, trendy thing. While Tiny Furniture is not as amateurish as other films of its type (Tiny Furniture in in some ways a "mumblecore" genre, and it's more professionally polished than most of those films are), it is by no means a great film, and should not be praised as one. Always remember.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quirky Lena Dunham's breakthrough film, which launched her into HBO's famed series "Girls". We sort of did it backwards, we got hooked on Girls, and then NEEDED to see... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Equestrienne Diva
I gave this movie three stars. I am a pretty big fan of Lena Dunham but this movie was pretty blah.Published 3 months ago by LaDida_58
I thought I would like it based on the trailer but ended up finding it incredibly pretentious and self-indulgent.Published 3 months ago by Zsasha Flores
I loved this because I am familiar with NYC and this was very NYCPublished 4 months ago by Naseema Mustafa
This demonstrates what women go through. Classic feminist piece from Lena Dunham <3Published 7 months ago by e. e. johns
This was purchased as a tool to recognize certain psychoanalytic developmental milestones and in assessing the transformational self. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alicia P.
it got such great reviews but I was very disappointed. so much angst and insecurity...Published 9 months ago by pamela sharrow