Lena Dunham, writer, director, and star actress of Tiny Furniture, has produced a comedy TV series, Girls, with Judd Apatow and HBO.
In Girls, Dunham tells the story of four women in their twenties, living in New York, struggling to figure out who they really want to be and whether or not they can be that person. It’s a coming of age piece and each generation it seems we are coming of age a little bit later than the previous generation.
Judd Apatow says, “It’s supposed to be a comedy about women in New York who are really smart, but their lives are a mess. They know they should be doing great things, but they don’t know what it is, and they have kind of a feeling of self-entitlement about it. That’s the joke of the show.”
Girls has already received some criticism (it’s been compared to Sex and the City; criticized for being “too white”; considered “Not Funny” from some young women who don’t feel that their messy lives should be a joke), but regardless, Girls stands up as an amazing new show that everyone should see. Dunham portrays insightful, real-life scenes to reveal contemporary commonplace interactions. Her poignant focus on romantic (or not so romantic) relationships across the four friends’s lives has grit in the hyper-real and not over emotionalized scenarios.
Watch Girls and you’ll be immediately sucked in by Dunham’s hilarious and awkward script. Dunham plays the main character, Hannah, an aspiring writer who is cut off financially from her parents in the first episode. Hannah has a frank sexual relationship with Adam, who is emotionally uninvolved and very direct about what he wants from Hannah. He never texts her back and says at one point that he never has protected sex with all the other girls.
Marnie, Hannah’s room mate, disapproves of Hannah’s non-existent relationship with Adam. She on the other hand has a very loving boyfriend, Charlie. So loving that Marnie can’t stand him. When Charlie asks the picture perfect Marnie what would turn her on, she replies that he should act like a complete stranger that she has never met before, someone very different from who he is.
In Girls, Hannah makes date rape jokes at job interviews, gets checked for STI’s at her best friend’s abortion (not because she has unsafe sex, but because she is nervous about “all the stuff that gets up on the side of condoms”), and confesses to her parents that she may be the voice of her generation (at this point she is very high on opium), or at least a voice, of a generation.
Girls is as real as life gets. Dunham shows the many ways that humans relate to each other, and shows this hilariously.