About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.
“Tiny Furniture” has gotten a lot of publicity and has been in a lot of film festivals. You can understand why. It’s really very much a modern movie about slacker generations and lost people and it’s sexy enough and kind of strange enough to sort of be viewed as an independent sort of little masterpiece. I didn’t like it particularly, although I thought there were a couple of good lines in it. My favorite was the idea of a woman saying that for her qualifications she said she had a land line. So you can tell it’s kind of smarmy and kind of hip. The problem, to be quite honest and I hate to be rude about it, is that there’s basically only two good looking people in the whole thing, which certainly does not include the heroine. While I think that there is a reliance on people being gorgeous, these people aren’t anywhere near gorgeous and in fact their homeliness is really I think nearly exploitive. It’s hard to look at somebody who’s uncomfortable to look at for long periods of time. So, I understand it’s hip quality. I think part of the problem is that the person who directed it also wrote it and I think you have to be awfully, awfully talented and awfully willing to edit your own stuff to be able to pull that off successfully and I don’t think this did. So, I would give it two stars.