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Tiny Furniture (2010)

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About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.


Lena Dunham


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





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


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mebelki See more »


Box Office


$65,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,235, 14 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$389,804, 18 February 2011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiny Ponies See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[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.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.8 (2011) See more »


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Performed by Jordan Galland & Domino Kirke
Written by Jordan Galland
Published by Slush Puppy Music (ASCAP)
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Moving Back in with Mom
29 August 2012 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

This quiet, unassuming movie about a recent college graduate who moves back in with her mom and sister while trying to figure out what to do with her life got under my skin and stayed there.

Director Lena Dunham, who also stars in the film as Aura, has a knack for putting together individual scenes that play as if nothing of much significance is happening in them, but that when put together as a whole reveal an awful lot about the lives of her characters. Much of the film follows Aura as she aimlessly hangs out with friends, meets guys, gets a job. She's awkward and maybe an easy target, but she's also sweet and harmless and easy enough to root for. She gets on her mom's nerves and vice versa, fights with her sister, and overstays her welcome in her mom's house. We've seen it all before, right?

Not really. "Tiny Furniture" may be about subject matter we've seen done a hundred times, but it felt like a totally unique take on it. In fact, it's not until the film's final moments, and when you're thinking about it afterwards, that you realize the movie isn't really that much about Aura's ennui and lack of direction; it's about her relationship with her mom, a fact that's easy to overlook by the small amount of screen time the mom has. By the end of the movie, Aura's increasingly destructive and increasingly disturbing behavior seems less like a lonely girl's attempts to fill the boring hours of her day, and instead like the ever-more-desperate attempt of a child trying to force an absentee parent into taking notice of her.

This is a really wonderful movie with tiny nuances in the direction and acting that set it apart from other indie films like it.

Grade: A

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