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HBO’s ‘Girls’ brings grimaces, grins

HBO’s “Girls,” premiering Sunday at 10:30 p.m., is nominally a comedy. It’s a sort of angsty, indie, younger, poorer take on “Sex and the City,” as we tag along in the lives of four very different 20-something female friends: type A Marnie (Alison Williams), girlishly chipper Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), stylishly jaded, sexual free spirit Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and hot mess Hannah (creator-writer-director Lena Dunham).

But there is also an element of horror at work as the bad choices, meltdowns, and humiliations made by or visited upon each member of the quartet leads to cringeworthy moments that reverberate with heartbreaking realism.

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