Tiny Furniture - Indie October

Tiny Furniture is a movie that was written and directed by Lena Dunham (Girls). I chose this movie for a reason and it's because I didn't like Girls at all. So with that, I'm not really a big fan of Lena Dunham so I thought maybe if I watched something else and tried to give it a chance that I would. It's a story about Aura (Lena Dunham) who moves back in with her artist mother Siri (Laurie Simmons) after she is done with college and breaks up with her boyfriend when he feels he has to go on a spiritual journey. Early on, she discovers her mom's journals from when she was her age, and notices that have some stuff in common. It's a story about her not knowing what she wants to do with her life, and trying to figure it out. She comes back to town, and back to the friends she left behind who of course are quirky and a little bit crazy. She has an very real relationship with her sister Nadine (Grace Dunham) where they seem to completely hate each other and then have some good conversations where you can tell that they actually like each other. I think it was a good decision to cast her real sister in that role, because you can tell their relationship is realistic. She meets a guy at a party named Jed (Alex Karpovsky) , who does YouTube comedy videos, and on their first date she invites him to stay with her while her mom and sister are off visiting colleges. Aura also has her crazy british friend (who has lived in America all her life it seems) Charlotte (Jemima Kirke) whom she avoided for years and now that she's back in town spends a good amount of time with her. Charlotte is that bitchy spoiled girl who lives off her dad and is the avenue for getting drugs. Aura and her mother seem to clash over the fact that Aura doesn't feel like her mother cares about the fact that she's in a transition in her life and her mom can be a little distant towards her. Aura has a weird relationship with the guy she works with Keith (David Call). She seems to like the guy, but he seems more interested in the fact that her friend Charlotte can get him some pills. Quickly, Aura ends up quitting her job and becoming more aimless. You can tell that she doesn't really know what she is doing in life, and I guess that's what the movie is about. I really enjoyed the ending though, and it was a great moment between Aura and her mom.  It's pretty much the definition of a quirky indie movie, and I'm coming out of it not really knowing what to think. It's interesting, but it also feels like not a lot happens. Maybe I just don't get it, or it's just not for me. It's just awkward, and has a lot of awkward moments. I wouldn't say it's a bad movie, but I guess it's more not my thing. It had some good moments, but it just didn't really do anything for me. If you want to form your own opinion check it out on Netflix streaming. 

Tiny Furniture
$2.99
Starring Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Alex Karpovsky

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