After last week’s premiere of the highly promoted HBO show Girls, I was sure of two things: (1) that was 30 minutes of my life I’d never get back, and (2) if there had ever been a lead character less sympathetic than Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath, I couldn’t remember her.
The show opened as she threw a right royal hissy fit because her parents decided to switch off the money tap after supporting her for the immediate prior two years since she graduated college. It ended WHEN SHE STOLE THE HOTEL MAID’S TIP! and in the middle was filled with her proving that despite all the analysis-y/therapy-y/Dr. Phil-y phrases tossed casually into Hannah’s conversations, her actual sense of self-awareness is somewhere between zero and zilch.
Did I mention she STOLE THE HOTEL MAID’S TIP??
I am not the target demographic for this show, let’s just put that out there right now. I’m 46 and I live in the buckle of the Bible Belt. When I was 24 (Hannah’s age), I was married with a 2-year-old and a new baby. This show wasn’t made for me. My children are in the target age range, however, and I definitely do not see them in any of these characters – which makes me feel smugly proud of the super awesome parenting skills I obviously have.
The Grown-Ass Woman in me wants to smack these Girls. (Metaphorically, of course. Violence is bad, kids!) During Sunday night’s episode I found myself feeling a smidge of sympathy for Marnie and Hannah because the sex they were having was just so God-awful bad, but then I realized they were at least partly responsible for the suckage and my sympathy evaporated. I can’t say that every sexual encounter I’ve had has been fireworks and confetti but I can promise you that I’ve never had bad sex and continually gone back for more. Marnie is in the turning-blue stage of a relationship that is slowly strangling to death but she doesn’t have the balls to call it quits and Hannah is – well, Hannah is deluded is what she is, bless her heart. It’s one thing to let a partner insult and disrespect you during sex because you enjoy being treated that way. (“Let’s play the quiet game”?? Are you fucking kidding me?) It’s another to allow it to happen because you’re desperate to hold his attention. Hannah”¦ honey”¦ Adam isn’t calling you or texting you (or Gchatting or Facebooking or IMing) because to him, you’re just a blow up doll with a heartbeat. Stop it! Gather the shreds of your self-respect and just stop!
Jessa, the third member of the quartet, has a British accent so she’s obviously more sophisticated and wiser than the other three – plus she can say “bugger off” so I like her best. At 22, Shoshanna is the youngest of the group and to her abject humiliation, is still a virgin. She also? has that annoying habit of speaking? in sentences that contain questions? even when they clearly aren’t questions? Thank God for mute buttons and subtitles.
I hate this show but in an Oh-God-I-hate-that-show-but-I-never-miss-an-episode kind of way. Have you seen it? Is Hannah the voice for your generation? Are you watching and if so, why are you watching? What do you see in it?