The “Girls” Premiere: What Did You Think?
Rebecca: O.K. I was incredibly impressed with “Tiny Furniture,” her control of the material. And she’s done it again. There are obvious comparisons to be made to people like Woody Allen and Louis CK and Larry David. But I can’t think of anyone who did it so sure-handedly at such an early age. I mean, she’s already an old hand at it.
There’s just a remarkable kind of control and maturity (in the service of showing immaturity and lack of control).
Emily: I agree. When I saw the pilot, last summer, my heart sped up. My skin actually prickled. I felt so excited to be exposed to this confident new voice, and then also how Dunham was dealing directly with subjects I’ve long been fascinated with—digital culture, sex from a young woman’s P.O.V., plus the whole portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-woman element. I’m a fan of all the iconic middle-aged male showrunners who run most of the cable TV shows, but it seemed like a huge breakthrough to get a similarly powerful vision from a very young woman.
Rebecca: I too felt thrilled to see this part of experience represented—and for it not just to feel like “girls can be just as gross as boys,” which is what stayed with me after “Bridesmaids.” Why do you think it has taken until now for this kind of female comic to emerge?
- Rebecca Mead and TV Critic Emily Nussbaum discuss Lena Dunham and the premiere of “Girls”: http://nyr.kr/IQQC9P