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Writer:
Lena Dunham (written by)
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Release Date:
30 March 2012 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Aura would like you to know that she is having a very, very hard time.
Plot:
About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A slew of characters that make you ask "why bother?" See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lena Dunham ... Aura

Laurie Simmons ... Siri

Grace Dunham ... Nadine
Rachel Howe ... Candice

Merritt Wever ... Frankie

Amy Seimetz ... Ashlynn

Alex Karpovsky ... Jed

Jemima Kirke ... Charlotte
Garland Hunter ... Noelle
Isen Ritchie ... Jacob
Sarah Sophie Flicker ... Julia

David Call ... Keith

Jody Lee Lipes ... Bus Boy
Charlotte Istel ... Drunk Girl
Peter Rosenblum ... No Pants Kid
Paul Warneke ... Ipod Boy
John Newman ... Philippe
Isabel Halley ... Gallery Girl
Kyle Martin ... Keith's ;Boy'
Anna Bak-Kvapil ... Ashlynn's Friend
Nick Bentgen ... Ashlynn's Friend
Lance Edmands ... Ashlynn's Friend

Alex Ross Perry ... Ashlynn's Friend
Alice Wang ... Ashlynn's Friend
Teddy Blanks ... Gallery-Goer
Jennifer Brown ... Gallery-Goer
Durga Chew-Bose ... Gallery-Goer
Zach Clark ... Gallery-Goer
Jesse Klein ... Gallery-Goer
Kathryn Sanders ... Gallery-Goer

Nat Sanders ... Gallery-Goer
Natalie Bergner ... High School Reveler
Nile Berry ... High School Reveler
Wyeth Birch ... High School Reveler
Alexander Davis ... High School Reveler
Dash Davidson ... High School Reveler
Amanda Greenbaum ... High School Reveler
Kate Gill ... High School Reveler
Calla Hastings ... High School Reveler
Matthew A. Jacobs ... High School Reveler
Pablo Marvel ... High School Reveler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike S. Ryan ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Lena Dunham 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lena Dunham  written by

Produced by
Kyle Martin .... producer
Alicia Van Couvering .... producer
Alice Wang .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Teddy Blanks 
 
Cinematography by
Jody Lee Lipes 
 
Film Editing by
Lance Edmands 
 
Art Direction by
Jade Healy 
 
Set Decoration by
Chris Trujillo 
 
Art Department
Paige A. Flash .... art production assistant (as Paige Flash)
 
Sound Department
Micah Bloomberg .... sound recordist
Timothy Cleary .... additional sound
David Fisher .... foley artist
Kenji Calderon Miyamoto .... sound effects editor (as Kenji Calderon)
Gene Park .... sound editor
Gene Park .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Silvestri .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Moses Smith .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... electrics (as Josh Allen)
Joe Anderson .... focus puller
Joe Anderson .... still photographer
Nick Bentgen .... electrics
Andrew Engert .... grip
Anna Rose Holmer .... grip (as Anna Farrell)
Jeff Peixoto .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... colorist
Gordon Holmes .... second assistant editor
Patrick McGuinn .... post-production project manager
Tomas Vengris .... assistant editor
Richie Roefaro .... final cut pro technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Patrick Albertson .... additional musician
Patrick Ford .... additional musician
Annie Pearlman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Enterainment (as Josh Braum)
Desiree Brown .... production assistant
Jeffrey Cristiani .... set operations (as Jeff Cristiani)
André Des Rochers .... legal services: Gary Krauss Des Rochers
Lisa Kjerulff .... pre-production coordinator
Julia Newman .... script supervisor
Teddy Blanks .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Zach Clark .... thanks
Carlton DeWoody .... special thanks
Isabel Halley .... thanks
Christianne Hedtke .... thanks
Barbara Jean Kearney .... thanks
Karina Longworth .... thanks
Isaac Mizrahi .... thanks
Annie Pearlman .... thanks
Mike S. Ryan .... thanks
Nat Sanders .... thanks
Ti West .... thanks
Thadd Williams .... thanks
Paul Zucker .... thanks
 

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98 min
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Trivia:
Dunham says the cost of making this film was only $65,000.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Aura:Honey, I'm home... Family?
Candace:Downstairs...
Siri:Can you turn your right toe slightly towards me?
Nadine:It hurts.
Siri:Perfect.
[click]
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A slew of characters that make you ask "why bother?", 30 January 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The characters in Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture are the kind that mistake the phrase "eight grade crying" for "integrated grinding," used in the context of describing a local dance. They are the kind of people who seem to have quite a bit to be thankful for - very nice homes/apartments, possessions that make people envious, lovely outfits, and more - but scarcely seem to recognize that and just go ahead and direct their attention to the first problem on their mind; one in particular is quoted that another spends a day "watching Rachel Maddow, eating coconut-macaroons and laying on a heating pad." They are also the kind of people who hit their friend with a wooden spoon in what seems to be a playful manner when they are legitimately angry at that same person. These are likely some of the most eclectic people ever committed to film.

But Dunham commits them and drags them along in a tired and often boring array of archetypal, indie-situational comedy that never seems to be interesting enough to become invested in or relatable or believable enough to take seriously on a personal level. I almost feel that the people who look up to this film now - post-college kids and twentysomethings trying to latch on to a specific direction in life - will look back on this film in maybe twenty years and smirk and perhaps hide their face at the characters' naivete and almost disturbingly ungrateful attitude.

The film is centered around Aura (Lena Dunham), who returns home from her liberal arts college to her mother's loft, which serves as her studio for her art. Aura majored in film studies and has no particular direction in life, and is caught in the middle of two men while trying to find motivation to even get up in the morning. The two men are pretty basic caricatures, much like herself - Jed (Alex Karpovsky), who has achieved moderate internet fame thanks to his Youtube videos and Keith (David Call), who works at the same restaurant Aura does.

Right off the bat, these characters seem to be nothing more than vessels spewing cute phrases that are a cross between directionless collegiate talk and a product of screen writing quirkiness. Despite Dunham approaching this topic with the mindset to capture this point in people's lives with a sense of authenticity. But just like that, everybody here feels inauthentic and quirky to the point of being barely able to function. Everything, from their moments to their speech to their speech-patterns, seems to be meticulously laid out and almost robotic, so as nothing is natural and almost exists as this artificial dream world.

Consider the scene where Aura and Jed have sex in a thin, tight metal pipe in the middle of the street in what is one of the most awkward and damning scenes I've seen in a while. There's no particular wit or humor in a scene like this. It's only awkward and serves as yet another moment when Dunham seems to be concocting a long line of eccentric events in the film for the sole purpose of having eccentric events take place.

Then there are scenes like the one where Aura throws an all out temper-tantrum at her mother in a scene that is nothing but whiny in tone and only adds to the unlikability of its characters. This scene, however, is still a bold act on Dunham's behalf because she's unafraid to show her characters in two separate lights, or even make a stern note of the distasteful acts she commits. Yet by the time we start seeing this unlikable side to the characters, Tiny Furniture hasn't given us much to really like or appreciate about the characters, so by the time these aspects are introduced there's nothing for us to remind ourselves that these characters are somewhat decent people.

I suppose by definition of technicalities, Tiny Furniture is considered a mumblecore film, for it has a heavy focus/attachment to its characters, makes an attempt at naturalistic dialog (by Dunham's definition not mine), and rather low-budget production values that use color as a way of disguising their cheapness. Dunham and another mumblecore filmmaker I have a great fondness for, Joe Swanberg, seem to do a lot of similar things from infusing their films with the likes of uniquely characters to focusing sights on their sexual adventures; the difficulty is stating why one does it better than the other. Maybe it's because Swanberg's approach seems to be catering to a wider demographic where you don't need to be a part of the characters' specific group in order to like or understand them. In Tiny Furniture, it seems the only way to have any kind of positive feeling towards these characters is if you have similar circumstances to them and, with the way Dunham has drawn these vapid and often contemptible people, I doubt a great many people have.

Certain parts of Tiny Furniture work - the framing is top-notch and tightly-formatted, giving the sense we know exactly what Dunham wants to include and exclude in the shot and, on occasion, Dunham stages some strong monologues. Regardless of how I feel about Tiny Furniture, there's little denying that Lena Dunham will be a central figure to monitor with the popularity of indie film along with her HBO show Girls. Like it or not, Dunham has now been billed as "a voice of her generation" so much now that she (a) knows it and (b) will continue to produce films that stay true to her specific style. How you'll feel about this statement will differ. I just believe I'm stating a fact.

Starring: Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and David Call. Directed by: Lena Dunham.

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