This is what it looks like when Lena Dunham, Spike Jonze, Avicii, Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Shannon get together. Dunham wrote a short film for Sunday night's YouTube Music Awards about a heartbroken guy (Nick Lashaway) whose ex-girlfriend (Hudgens) is hooking up with a daft DJ (Shannon). Things start to look up for the protagonist when he meets an impetuous young woman (Dree Hemingway), but the pleasure is only fleeting thanks to the film's finale, which was chosen by the viewing audience: "a double tragedy" in the vein of "Romeo & Juliet" set to the beat of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" and played for laughs. (Shannon's advice: "Don't do it. Come on, it's cool, man. Have a cognac.") Watch the short above. Dunham, for one, was pleased with the results.
Im so happy the audience chose the double suicide and not the romance. Y'all always pull through for me. #ytma— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 4, 2013