Nonetheless, the trial-and-error lifestyle portrayed on “Girls” resonates for Mamet and loads of people she knows as they reach the expiration date for their precociousness.
“There's this inescapable moment in your early 20s, no matter how you get there, of feeling like everything you've known up until then is either wrong or doesn't fit,” she declares, “and suddenly you're faced with this feeling of ‘Who the (heck) am I? How do I do life? HOW is life DONE?'”
Even the characters' well-intentioned efforts at good times are often stressful and humiliating. (And sometimes cringe-inducing for viewers, for whom “Girls,” unlike most TV shows, serves as a graphic reminder that sex between young people can be shockingly unsexy.)