Movie review: Tiny Furniture

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

There's nothing quite like post-college life. It's that moment when you're officially supposed to kind of know what the hell you're doing but don't really have the slightest.

The uber-indie comedy "Tiny Furniture" travels that well-worn "Graduate" territory. It's uneven, but when it works, it's because writer-director-star Lena Dunham's personal story is pretty universal.

Aura (Dunham) is returning to her family's Tribeca loft from college, sharing the digs with a sweetly uptight artist mother (Laurie Simmons, Dunham's real mom) and an overachieving younger sister (Grace Dunham, you guessed it).

Aura's post-college "now what?" is filled with awkward romantic fumblings, a day job as a restaurant hostess and bickering with family.

The film is almost obnoxiously personal, even filmed in the real-life loft of Dunham's family. If you were annoyed by "Garden State," stay away.

But "Furniture" wears its quirk on its sleeve, and it's tough to hate on. Dunham's dialogue is sharp, and her low-level angst should play among the Wes Anderson crowd.

The biggest knock is a cast that sometimes makes indie feel amateur, but Lena Dunham is clearly a filmmaker to keep an eye on.

Tiny Furniture

Opens Friday at the Drexel

3 stars out of 4