Yesterday Lena Dunham got what she deserved. That girl just had it coming, you know? Her and her clever TV show totally deserved those five Emmy nominations. Because thanks to her (and Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner), we’ve got a show on television that says, “Screw you Hollywood! My boyfriend loves my potbelly!”
But all this Emmy stuff reminded me of how much I miss Girls. Sure, I can re-watch the whole first season once, twice, ten times. But that still wouldn’t be enough. So to cheer up my own spirits, and maybe even yours, I’ve made a list of movies and TV shows we should watch (together, holding hands) in the meantime. Perhaps these will fill the void… perhaps.
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Cyber chat, teen sexuality, obsessions – what’s not to love? This is Miranda July’s very best.
Oliver Tate is a nut who measures his parents intimacy by the light switch in their bedroom. Don’t believe anything he says, but do enjoy it. Submarine is quirky, smart, interesting, and funny, just like Girls.
My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life is one of the few TV shows that understood the American teenager. Like really understood them. These shows today just don’t get it (here’s looking at you Gossip Girl and 90210). Unfortunately there’s only one season. Fortunately, it’s on Netflix, so there you go.
After watching this movie, I went through a brief phase in my life where I really believed I had tuberculosis. I didn’t. Anyway, this movie is grrr-reat (Tony the Tiger voice). It’s about two girls who are obsessed with each other… in a best friends kind of way.
I’ve realized that Juno and Girls talk the same way, like a modern-day Woody Allen.
Welcome To The Dollhouse
You think Hannah puts herself through embarrassing situations? Meet Dawn Weiner. Her awful experiences will make your toes curl… twice, and haunt you for the rest of your life.
The Graduate is about a college graduate who can’t really figure out what to do with his life. Girls is about the exact same thing.
John And Mary
John and Mary remind me of Adam and Hannah. They both have these great conversations that make them realize things about themselves and their dating habits. That’s why John and Mary seems appropriate. Plus its got the best actor of all time – Dustin Hoffman.
To be honest, Christian Bale in Metroland reminds me of the men of Girls. He’s just that guy. The one who doesn’t want to settle down or have responsibilities. Come to think of it, he’s more like Hannah.
Fat Girl is outrageous. Probably a little too much for this list. But since Girls freely tackles body image issues, I’ll throw it in here.
The Group is one of Lena Dunham’s favorite movie adaptations. It’s about a bunch of girls who graduate from college and their lives after the fact. Ring any bells?
Actually, just about any Woody Allen movie would fill that Girls-void. So, how about you invite all your friends over and throw a marathon? If you haven’t seen Sleeper, start with that. It’s about relationships and love and jealousy. And it’s all set up against a futuristic backdrop. It’s quiet fascinating.
I haven’t finished watching all of Louie yet, but I get the gist of it. It’s basically Girls for middle-aged, divorced men. The show has a bleak worldview, but it’s hilarious.
And of course, Tiny Furniture. Just in case you haven’t, for some odd reason, watched it yet. It’s like the movie version of Girls. I’ve watched it at least 43 times.