Well, you’ll’t fault her for going again to what she’s excellent at. Lena Dunham was a family identify for her frank and generally unflattering take a look at white 20-somethings on HBO’s Girls, changing into a self-styled “voice of a generation” that most commonly grew to resent her. With her first function as author and director since 2010’s Tiny Furniture, Dunham returns with Sharp Stick, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age intercourse comedy a couple of white 20-something.
Sharp Stick’s “semi-autobiographical” modifier is because of the film’s center of attention on 26-year-old Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth), who, like Dunham, had a hysterectomy to regard endometriosis. Unlike Dunham, Sarah Jo won hers as a young person, and the trauma from the process left the nature emotionally stunted in formative years. When the movie alternatives up, she’s able to have intercourse and, get this, she needs to have intercourse with Jon Bernthal.
Here’s the synopsis:
Sarah Jo is a delicate and naive 26-year-old residing on the fringes of Hollywood along with her dissatisfied mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and influencer sister (Taylour Paige). Working as a caregiver and simply longing to be noticed, she starts an exploratory affair along with her older, married employer, and is thrust right into a startling training on sexuality, loss and tool.
The trailer brings to thoughts one in every of Dunham’s largest directorial achievements, the 2013 Girls episode “One Man’s Trash,” during which Dunham’s Hannah strikes in with Patrick Wilson for a couple of days. Taking over for Patrick Wilson, Bernthal performs Josh, the husband of Dunham’s extraordinarily pregnant Heather.
In our evaluation from Sundance previous this yr, we have been most commonly certain on Sharp Stick, with Katie Rife writing:
There are fascinating concepts about intercourse, relationships, our bodies, circle of relatives, and the way we provide ourselves to the sector on this hodgepodge of a movie. And Dunham does display development, each in relation to the range of her casting and pushing the bounds of her taste. If you’re now not already keen on her paintings, this movie almost definitely received’t convert you. But there’s a selected wavelength of one who might to find it touching in an overly private method.
Sharp Stick opens in New York City and Los Angeles on July 29 and national on August 5.