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“Girls” a Fond Farewell

Very entertaining, the sixth and final season of Girls is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The show vacillates between comedy, drama and painful situations during the 10 thirty uninterrupted minute episodes. Its millennials do “Sex and the City” with more problematic relationships in a modern day society filled with unfulfilled dreams. Nicely acted by a cohesive cast and with a script that has all the elements for a winning show.

If you have been watching the other five seasons then you know the key players who have sustained the six-year melodrama about womanhood. Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) live in New York and up to the end of season five have endured relationships, jobs, friendships and their mothers.

Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) , Marnie (Allison Williams), and Hannah (Lena Dunham), in GIRLS

When we pick up the final chapter we find Hanna, the thread between the four girls, now an accomplished writer living the New York dream of survival in a big city. In the year ahead she will face some new challenges including a private interview with a famous writer she has outed as a pervert, a tryst with a water skiing instructor that energizes her sexual appetite, and a “mother” figure to her gay roommate Elijah. While there’s much more, the topper is and unexpected motherly situation that becomes life changing.

Corey Stoll and Lena Dunham in GIRLS

Her best friend Marnie has been on again, off again friendship wise with Hannah while trying to cope with her cheating husband. Before the year’s out she’ll have made a mess of things, except for what the unexpected future brings. But, she’s no innocent feeding her sexual urges with Shoshanna’s recent squeeze during the separation.

The situations get comedic, steamy and chaotic with Jessa living with Adam (Adam Driver) while she makes a feeble attempt of surviving monetarily in the big city. She’s Shoshana’s cousin and has been interfering with Shosh’s marketing career. While Shosh has been avoiding Jessa’s meddling, her connection with Adam has developed confrontations with Shosh and the two are about to part ways.

Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Hannah (Lena Dunham) in GIRLS

While I’ve just give you a smidgen of what goes on in Girls, I found it to be a lot of fun to watch. While it is directed toward millennials, ladies and other special interest groups, men will get a hoot out of the circle of twenty-something life style.

I’m sold on the acting of Lena Dunham, she’s the next Amy Schumer only better. While she’s not at the level Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson, I can see her in a Judd Apatow feature film or even a comedy by Paul Feig. She’s the creator of Girls and even directed several episodes.

Matthew Rhys and Lena Dunham

BONUS FEATURES
“Goodbye to Girls: Part 1 and Part 2” a fond farewell where happy and sad gets some screen time.
“Girls Favorite Moments: Hannah” special bits from the series are chosen by Lena and aired in this feature.
“Girls Favorite Moments: Marnie” Allison Williams chooses her favorite scenes.
“Inside the Episodes” Each of 9 episodes has this feature where one of the cast or crew members along with Lena give a short chat about that chapter.
“Audio Commentary Episode 10” with actor/creator Lena Dunham and Executive Producers Jenni Konner and Judd Apatow.

Girls has been rated TV-MA and contains nudity, sex, drug use, and language. The HBO series has been nominated for a number of Golden Globe and Emmy Awards including wins for Lena Dunham and Peter Scolari.

FINAL ANALYSIS: An above average sitcom that earned a nice finale.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells, Alex Karpovsky, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Created by: Lena Dunham
MPAA Rating: TV-MA, contains nudity, sex, language, drug use
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running Time: 310 min.
Video Release Date: July 25, 2017
Original HBO Release Date: February 12 through April 16, 2017
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: 16:9 Full Screen
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Number of Discs: 2 Discs
Distributed by: HBO Home Entertainment

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com