Sunday, February 3, 2013

Lena Dunham's GIRLS: A Middle School Nymphomaniac

Lena Dunham has been referred to as the female Woody Allen. They are both Jewish, they have a similar since of humor, and most of their movies have age-discrepant relationships. 

For example, in Woody's Manhattan (1979), the middle-aged protagonist (Allen) had an affair with a high school student until he regrettably left her for an older woman. 

And here's a line from Dunham's Creative Nonfiction (2009) that she wrote and directed:

“OK, so there's this girl. She's in high school. She's taken up with her English teacher. And he loves her poetry; you know, which is how the whole thing starts. And it's like that whole kinda like, see me after class thing. And he takes her away to this cabin that he has, which is in the country.” 

On the second episode of season two of Dunham's HBO show Girls, which won a Golden Globe for 'Best Comedy Series', Hannah's (Lena Dunham) roommate (shockingly) suggested that she wear an outfit that was, " [...] inspired by a girl I went to middle school with who fucked both her uncle and her step-dad." 

Lena Dunham, who won the Golden Globe for 'Best lead actress in a comedy or musical series' for Girls, co-wrote that episode and apparently feels that it's funny when a (fictional) middle-school aged girl (i.e., between the ages of 10 and 13-years-old) has sex with a middle-aged man - even if the man happens to be her uncle or step-dad.

GIRLS S2E5: Hanna (Lena Dunham) and Joshua (Patrick Wilson)

And on episode 5 of season of two, the following dialogue took place between Hanna (Lena Dunham) and Joshua (Patrick Wilson), a middle-aged married physician, whom Hanna met only minutes earlier at a cafe in Brooklyn.

Hanna: "How old are you? I don't know if it's a rude question." 
Joshua: "I'm 42." 
Hanna: "OK" 
Joshua: "You?"   
Hanna: "24. So we're basically twins I'd say."

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