Tiny Furniture Review

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Twenty two year-old Aura ( Dunham) lives a hipsterish existence in TriBeCa, boosting a film theory degree, a pet hamster and a boyfriend who's abandoned her in favour of the Burning Man Festival. Then, when things can't get any worse, she's forced to move into her artist mum's house.

★★★★

The debuting Lena Dunham makes an impression with this low-budget satire on life in boho Tribeca and the difficulty of finding a niche when all around are either over-achieving or revelling in mediocrity. Casting her own mother and sister as the major sources of angst for her flailing twentysomething film graduate, Dunham adds some semi-autobiographical bite to a refreshingly insightful comedy that owes debts to Seinfeld, Woody Allen and mumblecore. Dunham does a nice line in self-deprecation that extends to giving killer lines to her mother and sibling, as well as Jemima Kirke, who excels as her bubble-headed best friend. But it’s the precision of the writing and the timing of the gags that make this so engaging.

Much-maligned it may be, but the so-called mumblecore movement continues to turn out gems. Lena Dunham's lo-fi, witty treatment of a semi-autobiographical tale adds another dozy to the canon.