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Movie Review: Tiny Furniture (Unrated)

tiny-furniture-posterby Sarah McCarthy, Editorial Intern

‘Tiny Furniture’ is an indie film directed, written, and starring Lena Dunham. Her mom and sister in the film are played by her mom and sister in real life. Sounds like a college film project, right? Not so much. With a brainy, original script and a raw picture of contemporary life, this film is anything but.

Aura, played by Dunham, is a recent college graduate with a film degree. When housing plans fall through, she moves in with her mom and sister. From the very beginning, it feels as if you are looking through a window into someone’s life. The characters, especially Aura, her mom, and her friend Charlotte, are intriguingly complex. However, they are not overbearing or pretentious. That isn’t to say that the film doesn’t include pretentiousness. In fact, pretentiousness is a main theme. With an abundance of hipsters, it’s inevitable. All the men in the movie are affected hipsters.

The ‘hipster’ lifestyle is one of the many parodies of modern life that Dunham addresses. In looking at American culture, one realizes that it is a parody within itself. It isn’t necessary to magnify it. Dunham successfully exemplifies this idea, referencing the internet and silly Youtube self-expression. Through Aura, the viewer creates relationships with the other characters. Each character is vividly drawn, which leaves room for bias.

Aura’s relationship with her family is especially well portrayed. Her mother is a successful artist, which sets the standard for Aura’s expectations of herself. She is too old to understand the hardships of a young person in today’s society, and Aura is able to connect with her through an old journal. Her sister is too young and naïve to truly understand Aura’s situation. Aura herself is a loveable character, because she is unquestionably “real”, not artificial like most actresses starring in similar roles. She is a real girl, with real struggles. There is no sugar-coating, but instead an organic illustration of a true life situation, one that is common today.

Trying to keep up with Aura’s life is a challenge, which opens the viewer’s eyes to the true emotions behind her circumstances. It is this sense of understanding that connects you to Aura. You are able to see a bit of yourself in the authenticity of her daily life.

Tiny Furniture, in true indie fashion, is unrated. If it were rated, it would probably be PG-13 for some mature sexual themes. It may be a bit much for tweens, but would probably be enjoyed by high school age viewers as well as their parents.

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