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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.


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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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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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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


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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Vapid, Empty, Direction-less, Quirky, and Semi-Profound.
2 February 2012 | by AMichaelLSee all my reviews

This film is essentially about a young college graduate trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. The fact that, throughout the movie, things only get more confusing for her, only adds to the realism of the film. I have read some reviews where people claim the movie is TOO pointless, or too confusing, or just generally lacking something. I understand this position, but to the people who think this, I kind of feel like they are taking the place of Aura's mother when Aura says to her mom "you never listen to me". This is a movie that requires you to heavily invest in the characters, so if you dislike them immediately, you will probably not like this movie, either.

Aura is a great character, one of the most realistic characters I have seen in a while. Even though I am a male, and am nowhere near her level of wealth nor as self-depressed, I am around her age and I could surprisingly still easily relate to her. Mostly because the time when you define yourself seems so important, and yet it is mostly a time where not a lot happens. Despite her 'hard time' she is still generally upbeat and curious towards everything, because I believe her character wants to believe, like her mother says, "your 20s don't matter that much...I never think about the past".

She is, however, a very vapid character. She tends to choose the wrong people to hang out with, and she is somewhat weak (I mean, she moans the whole movie that no one cares, but the one friend who truly does, she basically shafts). Yet, she is likable because she has flaws and she embraces them. We rarely see her in fits of emo pity; instead we see an intelligent, very funny young woman simply trying to escape the shadows of her family and overcome the awkwardness of young adulthood.

There are flaws here, but the writing was amazing (despite a lack of plot) - the dialogue is realistic and often hilarious. The composition of shots is brilliant, and the apartment's white walls draw beautiful contrast in certain shots. And the acting was stellar considering the indie nature and family sourcing which Dunham used to make the film.

It is not perfect, but it was an enjoyable experience, and I can imagine it only gets better with repeat viewings...since you know what to expect, you can focus more on the 'tiny' details that truly make up the triumph of the film.

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Release Date:

30 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$65,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,235, 14 November 2010

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

IFC Films, Tiny Ponies See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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