Tiny Furniture: Funny because it’s true
Friends keep telling me I need to see the movie Tiny Furniture because 1) it’s funny and 2) it’s on a fascinating topic I’ve covered for Parade and The New York Times: What happens when grown kids move back home.
Tiny Furniture follows the struggle of Aura (Lena Dunham), a smart, creative 22-year-old who graduates from an Ohio college and moves back into the New York City apartment where she grew up, to live (again) with her mother and younger sister. She’s got a bachelor’s degree, a successful network of family and friends, and a budding career in filmmaking.
But as many young people know all too well, none of that necessarily adds up to being able to make it on your own. After all, last year twentysomethings saw an unemployment rate of 13%, far higher than the general population’s rate of 9.6%. But the movie reminded me that recent grads face more than just a lousy job market. On top of that, they have to deal with the aimlessness that comes with leaving college—what Aura calls her “postgraduate delirium.” As for parents, they need to strike a balance between being supportive and sacrificing too much.
I find it really interesting to think about Aura’s generation’s prospects: They have all these new ways to display their talents and skills (YouTube, Twitter, etc.), but just like every generation before them, they have to struggle to figure out how to turn those talents and skills into money.
Have you seen Tiny Furniture? What did you think? (If only I could get some time to go see it!)