With all the hype over HBO’s newest comedy, the Judd Apatow-produced “Girls,” it’s only natural to want to tune out and not tune in. It can’t be that good, right? But Zap2it is here to tell you that the show, about four twentysomething ladies living in New York City and struggling to figure out how to become adults, is so authentic and hilarious that it deserves your attention. Will you be able to enjoy the show if you are not a girl yourself? Short answer: yes.
Long answer: If you’re put off by the so-called problems of affluent young women with college degrees worth $150k-plus struggling to find themselves, then yeah, maybe you shouldn’t watch. But if you’re aware that just because one person’s problems seem petty compared to another’s, you’ll find a thoughtful, intelligent look at the phase in a person’s life when they are, to quote Britney Spears, not a girl, not yet a woman.
Lena Dunham, who created, wrote, directed and stars in the show, is 25 herself. She knows of which she speaks. And chances are you do too, having been (or are currently in the process of being) a young person yourself. The problems might not explicitly relate to you, but the feelings are there — secondhand embarrassment in knowing the girls are doing something terribly wrong, joy in knowing they’re having a great time.
It’s real, it’s relatable, it’s cringeworthy, but most importantly, it’s funny. If you have a sense of humor, you’ll like “Girls” just fine no matter your age or gender.