Review: The Real “Girls” of HBO

We got an exclusive sneak peek of the first 3 episodes of the highly anticipated HBO Dram-Com “Girls” at the Ace Hotel. Written, directed, and staring wunderkind auteur Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow “Girls” follows the lives of 4 friends in New York City as they are thrust into adulthood. In the opening scene, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is unceremoniously dumped by her parents, they no longer are willing or able to support her “groovy lifestyle”, and the indignities pile on for the next ½ hour from unsatisfying sex with her indifferent hook-up buddy wannabe actor Adam (Adam Driver) to losing her no-pay job. She shares an apartment with her best friend from college Marnie (Allison Williams, daughter of NBC anchorman Brian Williams) who is the most stable of the group; she has a boyfriend, an art gallery job and the wardrobe to go with it. Rounding out the quartet of friends is Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet , daughter of playwright David Mamet) the baby of the group still in college and speaking in texts and her roommate/cousin Jessa (Jemima Kirke, her dad is Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke) who has just returned from her globetrotting to settle in NYC, mostly Brooklyn. Yes, all the “Girls” have a pedigree including Ms. Dunham (daughter of famed photographer Laurie Simmons), that give them the insight to inhabit the overeducated, privileged characters who despite their college educations are novices in the game of life.

The comparisons to that other HBO show can’t be avoided, in fact are faced head-on with Shoshanna proudly hanging a poster in a pink bedroom. However where the SATC women where grown-ups established in their careers and entrenched in New York society, These “Girls” are trying to find their way and the miss-steps they take on the road to adulthood are comedy gold. A job interview is derailed when things get a little too comfortable; a trip to the GYN is played straight but delivers the squirmy awkward humor that all women can relate to. “Girls” shares its sensibilities with Ms. Dunham’s critically acclaimed first feature “Tiny Furniture, it’s a wholly original voice that bares comparison to “Manhattan” era Woody Allen. The dialogue rings true like conversations were overheard on the Subway. It’s as if you looked into a window of a tenement in Greenpoint and were sucked in to the lives of the tenants.

Catch the series premiere of “Girls” on Sunday, April 15th. Check your local listings.