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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this post-college drama features an aimless character, along with plenty of swearing, drinking, smoking, drugs, and sex. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole" fairly frequently and see teens drinking, along with young adults smoking pot and taking pills. One sex scene (without nudity) shows a less romantic side of intimacy.
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What's the story?
Aura (Lena Dunham, who also wrote and directed) has just finished college and moved home to her family's New York loft to ... well, not do much. She's got no job, no plans, and few prospects. She goes to a few parties, gets a tedious job at a restaurant, and gets kind-of involved with a few guys who clearly aren't good boyfriend material. In short, she's drifting.
Is it any good?
TINY FURNITURE, like the character Aura, drifts. On one hand, this is a well-made, artistic portrayal of a girl who doesn't know what to do with herself. Aura, and the rest of the cast, seem very real, very natural. Every day, there are real twentysomethings behaving exactly like this.
But while this makes Tiny Furniture spot-on filmmaking, it doesn't make it particularly interesting to watch. Aura is bored with her life because there isn't much going on. And the film, for exactly the same reasons, is tedious.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Aura's life is portrayed. How realistic is it? Do you know anyone like Aura? How is her life similar to or different than other young adults you know?
Talk about Aura's romantic encounters. What does she learn about relationships and sex over the course of the movie?
Does the drug and alcohol use feel realistic? Do all young adults experiment with drugs? What are some consequences of drug and alcohol use?
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