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So much of what gets accomplished here is either place-setting, loose-ends-tying, or reiterating beats we got at the end of season three.
Girls still delivers other memorable moments, though. And not all of them are gag-inducing. Dunham has written some terrific scenes for herself, and she also rises to the occasion of acting them out.
Excellent opener, but sensitive viewers may want to avert their gaze about eight minutes in during a comical/shocking kitchen encounter between Desi and Marnie. Enough said.
The new season of Girls begins in what I think of as the ideal Girls weather: warm with a chance of abhorrent antics.
Not to say Girls isn't still sharply written and gleefully gauche on occasion - I just wish this portrait of young, metropolitan America wasn't so grim.
If the show's four central relationships are going to devolve, we need new ones to replace them. Judging by how Hannah is faring at Iowa - well, I'm not optimistic.
It's the most unpredictable the show has been since it started, but that also comes with its own risks. I'm looking forward to seeing what the heck Girls becomes when it transitions into mid-twenties mode.
The show's sense of perceived reality is always on cue and it keeps it going when the show knows it's overtly pretentious and bitchy in tone. It's [a] good episode overall, but it didn't really give me anything to care about; not even Hannah.
It was great to check in with everyone as Hannah prepared to leave for Iowa.
HBO's New York twenty-somethings return for the Girls low-key season four opener, that finds Hannah on the cusp of leaving for a prestigious opportunity.
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Dec 14, 2019Terrible, all the characters developed to the worst, it was so so frustrating to watch. Every character specially hannah was absolutely awful this season and it was really hard to enjoy it while you're mad at everything.. ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY. AT ALL. this is the last season im watching.
Jun 10, 2017never will I ever trust a critic again, POS comedy
Feb 22, 2016Many people that Ive spoken to the general consensus that HBO has just updated one of the most successful series, Sex in the City and the result is yet another show that really places in the win column; Girls. Some natural similarities do exist but basically Sex and the City was the late 20th century "portrayal of Ladies Who Lunch while Girls retains the central theme of millennials learning to cope with the realities of life. This was evident by one of the very first scenes back in season one of the principal point of view character, Hannah (Lena Dunham) has dinner with her parents, Tad (Peter Scolari) and Loreen Horvath (Becky Ann Baker) that they are financially cutting her off, forcing her to face lifes fiscal responsibilities on her own. This came as a complete shock to the 24-year-old especially because gainful employment would greatly impinge upon her process as a nascent writer. That set the stage for the entire series as Hannah, and by extension her friends, are forced to face life as adults. The opening of season four once again brings Hannah and her parents to a restaurant for dinner only this time it is Hannah who has the leading headline; she is moving to attend the University of Iowa, specifically the highly regarded writing program. Setting the tone for the fourth season in all likelihood those that would follow, Hannah resumes the persona of the baby bird tossed out of the nest. Several important differences are to be noted. First of all, this major life change was Hannahs own decision in the nest she is leaving is not the financial security of her parents to her apartment and relationships in New York City. Ambiguously defined relationship with Adam Sackler (Adam Driver), unable to survive the difficulties of long-distance will have to come to an end. Also impact relationship with each of her girlfriends she is also close to over the years. Three seasons Hannah and her friends have been pursuing the Holy Grail of youth, finding oneself and now it is time to actually take action. Hannah was unable to make the most out of fresh start in Iowa. She still shrouded in her own egocentric worldview which immediately alienates a fellow classmates. One particular scene succinctly demonstrates this has Hannah is correct to impart to others which she considers to be undeniable truth that she is prone to deflect or disregard any observations made about her. Or from the intimacy of for friendships back in New York soon has serious doubts about our moved to Iowa hoping to be reaffirmed by talking to her instructor Hannah instead finds itself questioning whether she was actually meant to be a writer at all. Life is also moving forward for the remnant of the New York City cadre. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is actively seeking employment. She takes an interview with one company only to gain some experience in the process which will hopefully allow her to do better than interviewing for the actual drop she wants. She was about to get the job from the first interview she mentions it was only a steppingstone to her real plans. Needless to say she does not get that job. Unfortunately Shoshanna also failed to get the job she really wanted. Finally after a few of the failed interviews she does finally manage to land a job with one life-changing provision, it would require her to move to Japan. For this group of twentysomethings may be delayed but they are finally experiencing many people go through the college graduation the diaspora of friends like seeds on the wind to settle in other places. A relationship with Ray Ploshansky (Alex Karpovsky) has always been unusual right from the end of season one where she lost her virginity to have a have a friendship that is stable enough to serve as a counterpoint with tumultuous relationships held by most of the other characters. When Ray is upset over it stoplight being installed outside his apartment altering the traffic patterns neighborhood he decides to run for city Council the current members of that administrative body by his opinion worthless. Hannahs best friend, Marnie (Allison Williams), has always been the most mature group worked in an art gallery until being laid off back in season two. By the start of this season Marnie and her friend Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) a finding work as a folk singing duo. Theres always been one thing an array of Desi and Marnie becoming a couple, his girlfriend Clementine (Natalie Morales). The truth behind the breakup is that Clementine cheated on Desi with another man and down that she had stronger feelings for him. They managed to land a record deal contingent on beating the head of the record label. Marnie and Desi find another impeachment to getting together and find themselves in a significant argument. Marnie plays a song that she and Desi came up with to Shoshanna and her British cousin, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) but the reaction is fall less than enthusiastic ordering on the disinterested. Jessa always seems to be bouncing from one bad situation to the next but she has found some form stability with a friendship with Adam. They go closer together as they continue to attend the same AA meetings together. Hannah does eventually have to move back to the city only to find another young woman living there who happens to be Adams new girlfriend, Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs). Adding some insult to injury Hannah notices that most of her furniture and belongings are absent from the apartment. I moved to Iowa may have been transient but Hannah discovers that decisions in life, even those that failed to work out as expected, have lasting repercussions. In talking to fans of the series I have noticed that somehow becoming disappointed in the lack of spontaneity and quirky circumstances that will an integral part of the show from the beginning. While I agree that that trend is present I disagree with that it has to Mark the deterioration in the quality of the series. This is a season of maturity, the characters a learning to cope as adults that really doesnt care much about them. Many of the characters have found some stability for example Adam is now a full-time actor after successful commercial. Marnie and Desi are getting some traction in the singing careers and Shoshanna may have a new life for rating urban Japan. If the show is to remain truthful to the characters that such changes are necessary. This is not a sitcom where the children remain roughly the same age for prolonged period of time because the networks do not want to alter any part of successful formula. As the creative force behind the series Lena Dunham is wise to allow for characters to grow and as often happens in life not in the direction they hope to have gone. The beginnings of a filmmaker were in the independent film referred to Mumblecore with naturalistic dialogue and situations are embraced. Actually, the prototype of the series can be found in her contribution to the genre, Tiny Furniture. Ms. Dunham has remained true to those roots and although the budget has greatly expanded from those days a need for realistic characters remains the same.
Oct 21, 2015Why do people watch this?
Aug 17, 2015Boring and unfunny. Bad acting? If that's what they're trying to do. I don't know where the jokes are or what people see in this show to dawn all over it. Everything is very plain, from the actors to the set design. It's like mumblecore made a show and took over the internet to make everyone think its good. Life's too short to watch this.
Aug 05, 2015Girls lost me in its fourth season. What I once loved to hate, now I just flat out hated.
Jun 05, 2015Season 4 feels a little more desperate to create interesting storylines
Mar 24, 2015Tengo una especie de relación amor/odio con esta serie y esta temporada no fue la excepción. Algunos capítulos fueron ridículos y otros tremendamente divertidos y memorables. Me queda un sabor de boca mayormente dulce.
Mar 22, 2015Girls' central theme about Generation Y stagnation could only go so far, but fortunately this latest season is the first one to really communicate on progress. Head-shaking moments are relatively low this year, as Dunham wisely takes her characters in directions that make them both palpable, and sympathetic, and we see their capability towards being adults more than ever. Its story-lines involving relationships are also more observational and mature than ever, and most revelatory in the episode "Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz" which possibly ranks as a series best. It also is one of the best directed shows on tv, particularly evident in an uncomfortably humorous birthing scene during the finale. The show will always have it's detractors due to it's disposition as "that unlikable young person's show", but those that can look past the blind hatred will find what is absolutely one of the best shows on TV.
Mar 15, 2015They should rename this show "Pigs". HBO is off the mark on this one.