I often feel like I've had my fill of movies about twentysomethings, often fresh out of school, who don't know what they want to do and life is so hard and they have to take money from their parents and oh, the poor things. As I get older, my patience with this kind of person -- or character -- dwindles. In Tiny Furniture, however, writer-director Lena Dunham shows us a young female college grad in such a genuine and personal way that it's far more sympathetic than annoying.
Aura (Lena Dunham) has just graduated from college in Ohio and been dumped by a serious boyfriend who left her to go find himself. She finds herself in NYC, living in her mother's spacious combination of home and artist's studio, and bickering with her sister Nadine (Grace Dunham) almost immediately. Her roommate from Ohio intends to move into town and share a place with her, but in the meantime, Aura needs to find and keep a job. She also has to deal with her family as well as her chaotic friend Charlotte, "internet celebrity" Jed (Alex Karpovsky) who is in town trying to make deals, and a sous-chef at the restaurant where she works as hostess.