TV Review: “Girls” – Often Revealing

Written by Emily Stewart February 24, 2014

The Cast of "Girls", Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke,Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams

“Girls” proves I jump on bandwagons later than I should. Lena Denham’s comedy received awards and praise, and sometimes criticism. Either way, there’s no denying “Girls” has taken off in the past few years. After watching the third season of “Girls”, it’s no surprise at all.  The genuine characters add to the overall authentic mood of the show. The writing is clever, and I’ve always admired Dunham for creating and staring in her own work. However, some of the moments on the show are just plain awkward and uncomfortable to watch, and others feel forced.

Best Friends Forever?

The clever writing in “Girls” includes the use of metaphors and imagery. For instance, when Hannah (Dunham) described times when she would hang out with Jessa (Jemima Kirke) in college, to Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), when both of them were picking her up from rehab. The narrative is enjoyable to listen to, and I could just listen to the dialogue in an audiobook. “Girls” also has the best soundtrack to a television show I’ve heard in a long while. The narrative proves there’s more to “Girls” than the explicit nudity and sex scenes. It also shows that it’s not just another plot about women hanging out in the big city and starting their life.

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke as Hannah and Jessa on "Girls"

The characters on the show are all genuine, and every actor plays their part well. None of them are forcing their role. Still, it’s hard to feel sympathy for the characters during their times of conflict, let alone relate to the characters. This is especially seen when the four girls fight at the beach house. Clearly, all of them have their own struggles, plus the majority of the conflict was seen between Marnie (Allison Williams) and Hannah. However, there wasn’t a lone victim in the fight, as all of them participated. Regardless, the acting, especially the bitter f-bombs, added to the genuine appeal “Girls” usually has.

Questioning authenticity

Now, I say “usually” for the genuine appeal because some of the scenes feel forced. Yes, there’s genuine acting and intelligent writing. Even the lighting adds to the somber mood of “Girls” and their situations. However, when Adam (Adam Driver) confronted Hannah about looking at Gawker for information on her editor, David’s (John Cameron Mitchell) death, she defends the news source, and praises sister site Jezebel. Who knows, perhaps that was a genuine shout out. Either way, it felt more of a cringe worthy product placement. Also, when Hannah allows Adam and his sister Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann) to talk out their problems, Caroline blames the conflict on what she believed was her brother’s repressed desire for her. It’s one of the scenes in “Girls” that feels like it was written, just for a sake of an awkward scene.

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath on "Girls"

The writing, acting, and soundtrack in “Girls” are all fantastic. For the most part it’s genuine and fun to watch. There are some awkward scenes, as I’ve noted above, that just don’t sit right. Still, check it out if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s addictive, so watch it from the beginning if you want your full fix.

My Rating: 8/10

The cast of "Girls" in the season 3 poster

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About Emily Stewart

Emily is a Media, Information and Technoculture student at Western University who likes to put her critical thinking skills and passion for writing to good use, including reviewing TV shows for We Eat Films.

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