Well, you can’t blame her for going back to what she’s good at. Lena Dunham has become a household name for her blunt and generally unflattering look at white 20-year-olds on HBO Girls, becoming a self-proclaimed “voice of a generation” that mostly grew to resent him. With her first feature film as a screenwriter and director since the 2010s Tiny furnitureDunham returns with pointed sticka semi-autobiographical sex comedy about the coming of age of a white man in his twenties.
pointed stickThe “semi-autobiographical” modifier of is because the film focuses on 26-year-old Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth), who, like Dunham, had a hysterectomy to treat endometriosis. Unlike Dunham, Sarah Jo received hers as a teenager, and the trauma of the proceedings left the character emotionally stunted as a teenager. When the movie picks up, she’s ready to have sex and, understand, she wants to have sex with Jon Bernthal.
Here is the synopsis:
Sarah Jo is a sensitive and naïve 26-year-old living on the fringes of Hollywood with her disillusioned mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and influencer sister (Taylour Paige). Working as a caregiver and just wanting to be seen, she begins an exploratory affair with her older married employer, and is thrust into a startling upbringing on sexuality, loss, and power.
The trailer harkens back to one of Dunham’s greatest directorial achievements, the 2013 Girls episode”A man’s trash canin which Hannah from Dunham moves in with Patrick Wilson for a few days. Taking over from Patrick Wilson, Bernthal plays Josh, the husband of the heavily pregnant Heather of Dunham.
In our Sundance review earlier this year, we were pretty positive about pointed stickwith Katie Rife writing:
There are some interesting ideas about sex, relationships, bodies, family, and how we present ourselves to the world in this movie hodgepodge. And Dunham is showing progress, both in terms of casting diversity and pushing the boundaries of his style. If you’re not already a fan of his work, this film probably won’t convert you. But there is a specific wavelength of person who may find this touching in a very personal way.
pointed stick opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 29 and nationwide on August 5.