22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Aura quickly throws away her liberal-arts clogs and careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, parties on chilly East Village fire escapes, stealing twenties out of her mother's Prada purse, pathetic Brooklyn "art shows," prison-style tattoos done out of sheer boredom, drinking all the wine in her mother's neatly organized cabinets, competing with her prodigious teenage sister, and desperate sex in a giant metal pipe. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
- Lena Dunham
- Lena Dunham
- Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, David Call, Merrit Wever, Jemima Kirke
Dunham definitely has a knack for shaping a comic scene, but Aura is so culturally and financially privileged that her woes begin to seem as trivial as the miniatures her mother uses in her artwork.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 12.10.2010
There's a fierce, self-lacerating wit on display in Lena Dunham's tiny indie Tiny Furniture: as big and bold as the production is modest and (literally) homemade.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 12.16.2010
It's one of the loveliest lowest-budget features to come down the pike.Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 12.17.2010
Sharp observations, thin on entertainment value -- "Mumblecore" at its heart.Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 01.16.2013