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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Girls - The Complete Fourth Season'
(Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / HBO Pictures)

DVD Overview: Lena Dunham returns for the fourth season of 'Girls', the Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning comedy series that follows the misadventures of a group of 20-something friends in and out of NYC. This season finds the girls tentatively edging towards maturity as they take on new personas in new worlds.

DVD Verdict: Well, if you wanted to know the origin of the word success, the word you could look up in the cinematic dictionary would be Girls! For, this incredible fourth season of HBO's 'Girls' was actually green-lit just two days BEFORE the premiere of the third season!

Now, if you are not already aware, if you are looking for the next glamorous 'Sex and the City' show, this is not it. In fact, it is the opposite. 'Girls' doesn't advertise glamour in any way, which is a complete deviation from the average American show. It is odd how much controversy surrounds Lena Dunham and her 'Girls', because she actually writes a common scenario in a very familiar way. On paper, it is quite a lot like 'Sex and the City': four women from NYC who struggle with acquiring their careers and finding love. However, there are no Manolo Blahniks or Mr Bigs. There are crummy apartments and player boyfriends.

Lena herself - as a writer and an actor - is talented in many ways and I get it that people find her refreshing for getting beyond her lack of attractiveness in body and face. If this is entertainment for you, great. There is a reason why the screen favors the attractive, it has to do with natural selection. I'm still not sure if this is a comedy or a drama. I laughed out loud at some parts, but otherwise it stayed pretty serious.

There are still a few potholes in the uphill climb from Girls's sophomore slump. Some of the dialogue is stilted, which when it's in this rapid-fire style can cause it to tilt precariously, but it's still some of the most original and intelligent dialogue you'll hear. The scattered feel of the plot that in the first season coagulated into cohesion but failed to congeal in the second is still present, and since it's still early we don't know if we're going to get a payoff. Yet as a slice of life show it still works, and it's still smarter than any other female based television going on now. I want this show to succeed, and I will continue to watch.

And so, here in this fourth season we find the girls tentatively edging towards maturity as they take on new personas in new worlds. As the season begins, Hannah (Dunham) leaves New York to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers' Wor kshop in the hopes of becoming a more serious writer, while confronting uncertainty in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver). Meanwhile, back in New York, Marnie (Allison Williams) pursues a music career while balancing her professional and romantic relationship with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach); Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) graduates and begins interviewing for jobs, while sorting out her relation ship with Ray (Alex Karpovsky); and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is trying out sobriety through AA, though her ability to stir up drama remains undiminished.

In closing,, for me 'Girls' is so realistic and down to earth, unlike all the usual "Hollywood" television we have been watching all our lives. Indeed, I think this show will help the younger generations realize that no one is perfect and that family and friendships are most important. I hope it never ends! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

7 Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew
Inside the Episodes

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