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Girls (HBO): 1st Season - d2/2

Director(s): Lena Dunham

Theatrical Release: 2012

Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Christopher Abbott

Genre(s): TV, Comedy, coming-of-age, HBO, Dean's List

Countries: USA

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From writer/director/actor Lena Dunham and comedy veterans Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, this scripted half-hour series focuses on a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering. Two years out of liberal arts school, Hannah (Dunham) believes she has the talent to be a successful writer, and though she has yet to complete her memoir (she has to live it first), her parents cut her off financially without warning. Further complicating things for Hannah is her unrequited passion for eccentric actor Adam, with whom she occasionally has sex (when he can be bothered to respond to her text messages). As the harsh reality of rent and bills looms, Hannah leans on her very-put-together best friend and roommate Marnie, who has a real job at an art gallery and an even realer boyfriend (neither of which she can admit she might not love). Meanwhile, their gorgeous British friend Jessa, who has travelled to as many different countries as shes had boyfriends, appears in the city and moves in with Shoshanna, her nave younger cousin with Sex and the City lifestyle aspirations. Over the course of Season 1s ten episodes, the four girls try to figure out what they want from life, from boys, from themselves and each other. The answers arent always clear or easy, but the search is profoundly relatable and infinitely amusing.

Disc Two Episodes

06 The Return

07 Welcome to Bushwick a.k.a. The Crackcident

08 Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too

09 Leave Me Alone

10 She Did


DVD Special Features:

! Inside the Episodes

! A Conversation with Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham

! Audio Commentaries with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and more

Member Reviews

Clunk by C20004656 - March 22, 2013
(Note: this review only applies to disc 2.)

"The Return" opens with two cliches. At least, I don't know if they're bona-fide cliches, but they feel like cliches, and I never want to see them on film or television again, young screenwriters, so take note.

1. That hallmark of youthful urban life, The Conversation Out the Window. Gals, livin' in the big city! Listen. Real-life conversations out a window would go something like, "HEY! YOU LEFT YOUR KEYS! HEY! WAIT -- GRAB HER!" "WHAT?" "YOU LEFT YOUR KEYS!" "WHAT?" "I SAID, YOU LEFT YOUR KEYS!" So maybe forego this scene altogether. Certainly conversations out the window do not consist of a chat that most humans would have had a mere thirty seconds ago, indoors. That the conversation consists of exposition intended to catch us up makes it all the more clunky.

2. "My luggage is a Hefty bag." Struggling young artist, makin' it on her own! Now, there are people who do travel with garbage bags. They are poor. You can find them in Greyhound stations. This is a woman who has been away at college before, and has been until recently comfortably bankrolled by her parents. Unless she lost everything in a fire or hocked all her possessions to pay the rent, which she didn't, she still owns things. Including a carry-on. And however madcap she is, she has the sense to pack a normal amount of clothing for a weekend and to fold things rather than to have everything tumble loose -- big laffs! -- at the airport.

If I'm nitpicking, it's because the first half of the season was so bracingly fresh. This half smells like it was written by a "pro." In "The Return," Judd Apatow. And it seems every episode in this half was written or cowritten by pros, and it's all downhill from here. Everybody, leave Lena alone. Stop "helping." Characters no longer feel real; they're moved around like dolls. ("Now I'm going to make her kiss *this* boy. Mwah!") Everyone, major and minor characters alike, is rounded up at the same "wild" warehouse party, even if they aren't in the least likely to go to wild warehouse parties. The worst casualty is Adam, who should have had a short but brilliant run. Now, not knowing what else to do with him, the writers feign amnesia of the first five episodes and turn him into some kind of noble savage, defined by his sensitivity, his talent, his open-hearted and fearless capacity for commitment, and oh yeah, "his love of books." Gah.

I'm not even touching the whole Thomas-John thing. Good God.