Tiny Furniture

  • 15
  • Lena Dunham (2010)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Lena Dunham demonstrates a keen eye for detail, a sharp ear for dialogue and a nice line in deadpan playing in this, her debut feature. Although clearly influenced by Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen, she imposes her own personality as Aura, a middling film student struggling to compete with the overachievements of her photographer mother and precocious teenage sibling. The bohemian New York environment she inhabits is bolstered by Jed (Alex Karpovsky), an internet sensation slumming it while negotiating a TV deal, and Keith (David Call), a bookish chef and potential boyfriend. The whip-smart satire is enlivened further by Jemima Kirke, who's hilarious as Aura's ditzy pal, Charlotte. The 20-something writer/director also casts her real-life sister, Grace Dunham, and their mother, Laurie Simmons, as her family, lending an intriguingly witty autobiographical element to proceedings.

Plot Summary

Comedy written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham. Having completed her studies at a Midwestern college, Aura returns home to live with her artist mother and overachieving sister in their swanky New York apartment. But Aura's presence soon begins to upset the domestic harmony, while her attempts to forge friendships and find employment also get off to a bumpy start.

Cast and crew

Cast

Aura
Lena Dunham
Siri
Laurie Simmons
Nadine
Grace Dunham
Jed
Alex Karpovsky
Keith
David Call
Frankie
Merritt Wever
Charlotte
Jemima Kirke
Ashlynn
Amy Seimetz

Crew

Director
Lena Dunham

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Independent Distribution
Guidance: 
Swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene, brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 30 Mar 2012
Categories
Comedy
Drama