'Tiny Furniture' (2010)
Before Hannah Horvath ever dreamed of traipsing around Brooklyn in search of bad sex and worse job prospects, there was Aura — a recent college grad and restless twentysomething tooling around her mother's Tribeca loft, trying to buy some time to figure out what she wants to do with her life. It's tempting to think of writer-director-actor Lena Dunham's breakthrough indie as a trial run for the angstful preoccupations and voice-of-a-generation social portraiture that would characterize her TV show Girls. (Once again, the small screen provides a haven for extended stories of female bonding and bickering.) But Dunham's roughhewn notion of cringe comedy was already fully formed here, as was her idea of best friends who may or may not be undermining frenemies. This little movie that could signalled a drier, more personal route that the female comedy might take; a broad, bawdy tale featuring a lot of SNL alumni that would come out next year would point the way to another road.