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Review: Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham makes herself at home
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 7, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars

 

Writer/director/star Lena Dunham's portrait of post-graduate haze finds her character, Aura, moving back to her "photo-artist" mother's TriBeCa loft/studio. There, the pleasantly plump young woman battles her clothing almost as much as she fights with her family, who're played by her real-life mom (artist and photographer Laurie Simmons) and younger sister (model and poet Grace Dunham). Aura's friend and bad influence Charlotte, who greets her with a hard slap to the face, is fabulously portrayed by Dunham's real lifelong friend Jemima Kirke. When Aura crushes on Keith (David Call), the cook at her new job as a daytime hostess in an eatery that doesn't serve lunch, Charlotte recommends that Aura "just take him somewhere and grab his cock." Less a cock grabber than an aimless wallflower, Aura stands in the shadows waiting to blossom. It may sound hopelessly autobiographical, but Dunham has made an accomplished movie. She's one to watch.

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