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It remains as polarizing as ever, but there's no question that this TV-on-BD set from HBO is technically pitch-perfect....
HBO / 593 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: August 13, 2013
Here's the deal with Girls: the term is utilized heavily and often in any form of movie and TV criticism, but you'll either love it or you'll hate it. Star Lena Dunham has become the it girl of the moment, the recipient of Emmys and Golden Globes, of outlandishly lucrative book deals - this star and creator of Girls presently sits at the top of the heap of television royalty.
And while it sounds like b.s., I want to make known that I have friends and colleagues who earnestly admire what Dunham is doing with Girls. It’s clear from both this Complete Second Season set and the one that preceded it that even those with the most serious reservations about Girls have no choice but to admit there’s something significant happening here – the season finale on this sophomore compilation is particularly evocative in terms of presenting a thesis on the inner and outer troubles of simply existing in a social world. In short, for those on its wavelength, Girls offers a warts-and-all view of youth colliding with adulthood, and Dunham as its shining star clearly trailblazes its slippery spirit.
But enough beating around the bush: I hate this god damned show. It’s always great to see Chris O’Dowd – who shows up as a super-rich square who romances his way into the show’s main clique – and Dunham is nothing if not confidently brash as the epicenter of the show, but Girls is not a group-hug kind of a program: it pushes and pulls you in such strident fashions that you’ll either succumb to its bossy charms or give it the finger and change the channel. This HBO TV-on-BD set is technically magnificent and comes with an outrageously informative collection of bonuses, so if you've read enough about the show that you want to give it a shot, this high-def compilation is absolutely the way to go - just realize that Girls will force you into heavily 'pro' or 'con' territory early on. Brace yourself.