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Tiny Furniture (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 March 2012 (UK)
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About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

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Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Dunham ... Aura
Laurie Simmons ... Siri
Grace Dunham ... Nadine
Rachel Howe Rachel Howe ... Candice
Merritt Wever ... Frankie
Amy Seimetz ... Ashlynn
Alex Karpovsky ... Jed
Jemima Kirke ... Charlotte
Garland Hunter Garland Hunter ... Noelle
Isen Ritchie Isen Ritchie ... Jacob
Sarah Sophie Flicker Sarah Sophie Flicker ... Julia
David Call ... Keith
Jody Lee Lipes ... Bus Boy
Charlotte Istel Charlotte Istel ... Drunk Girl
Peter Rosenblum Peter Rosenblum ... No Pants Kid
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About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

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Aura would like you to know that she is having a very, very hard time.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mebelki See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,235, 14 November 2010

Gross USA:

$389,804
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Tiny Ponies See more »
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to belief, the dialogue was not entirely improvised nor ad-libbed. Lena Dunham said the script was written specifically for amateur actors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aura: Honey, I'm home... Family?
Candice: Downstairs...
Siri: Can you turn your right toe slightly towards me?
Nadine: It hurts.
Siri: Perfect.
[click]
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

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Crying In Vain
Performed by Sonia's Party! & The Everyone's Invited
Written by Sonia Kreitzer & Deke Shipp
Published by Sonia Kreitzer
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a tiny film
15 December 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I'm in a post-graduation malaise," Aura to her mother

Aura (Lena Dunham) and her mother (Laurie Simmons, Denham's real mom) are a generation apart, and it shows. In Tiny Furniture (a reference to her mother's collection) Aura has drifting back to mom by returning after graduation to their upscale Tribeca apartment, which her mother easily covers as a successful artist. Aura has no prospects to be so successful, struggling as she is just trying to sustain through a nowhere position as a restaurant hostess, not the filmmaker she'd like to be.

While the apartment is minimalist white, sharp, and clean, Aura is heavy, homely, and slow. The honesty of not casting a hottie as most directors would is one of the film's noble features, and that this director casts herself in unflattering circumstances (Aura has her first complete sex, boring I would say, in a street construction pipe and wears ill-fitting clothes) is a sign of the realism rare in most contemporary comedies about 20 somethings. In fact, director Dunham has achieved a universality anyway because the players in this comedy aren't a whole lot different from the young sit-com residents of the last 30 years, except they all had jobs or prospects, and alas, Aura has none.

I didn't enjoy the film as I had hoped because except for the pipe and some smart Juno-like dialogue at the beginning with her sister and her mom, nothing much at all happens. If you compare Tiny Furniture with Manhattan-based Seinfeld, where it's about nothing but really something, then this is a tiny comedy where shifting around the furniture still results in a boring set up.


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