22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her train wreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. While caught up trying to figure out her life, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars as Aura, the girl who wants you to know that she is having a very, very hard time. Lena's mother, photographer Laurie Simmons, plays the fictional mother of Aura and Dunham's sister Grace Dunham plays Nadine, Aura's precocious sister. Alex Karpovsky and David Call are two very different but equally humiliating romantic interests; Jemima Kirke and Merritt Wever are Aura's diametrically opposed friends.