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Flannel Pajamas

Flannel Pajamas (2006)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 22

Flannel Pajamas is a talky and overwrought love story that is redeemed by fine performances and character insights.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

Flannel Pajamas is a talky and overwrought love story that is redeemed by fine performances and character insights.



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Stuart Sawyer and Nicole Reilly meet through mutual friends on a blind date and experience a magical evening in a local diner on a rainy night in April. It may never get better than this, a feeling they each sense, but a feeling not daunting enough to prevent either their stunning courtship or, later, a reversal of fortunes. Though sexually compatible, their disparate family backgrounds and the religious chasm between them inform their selfishness, their naiveté and their destiny.


Drama, Romance

Jeff Lipsky

Apr 10, 2007

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (22) | DVD (2)

Flannel Pajamas is so gorged with gab it feels like a filibuster.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Better to rent Scenes From a Marriage, Manhattan or My Dinner With Andre and stay home -- flannel pajamas optional.

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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In his sophomore feature, Lipsky doesn't feel the need to pump the movie with showy visual tricks. You don't even know he's there most of the time, which is probably a compliment.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Flannel Pajamas is a sharply observed dissection of a couple's relationship, from blind date to marriage to difficulties over everything from whether to get a dog to when to have a baby.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is all quite fascinating.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is the kind of introspective drama in which a determined pair of young, very fine actors and a strong filmmaker put everything on the line to explore emotional truth wherever it exists.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Twenty minutes or so of cuts would probably have helped the movie pack a more potent punch.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

They ought to have cut both the film and the marriage a little shorter.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

The incisive moments of recognizable humanity, though, are outnumbered by those of awkward obviousness.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Maybe Lipsky's been too direct in his screenplay; he makes us feel like informed witnesses to their relationship rather than participants. Which means, we spend most of the movie thinking, just break up already, please.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

It's a harsh look at a love that seems good until it isn't any more... and frankly, I got tired of both of these people long before they got tired of each other.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

[Writer/director] Lipsky has something to say about the impossibility of human beings to love each other, but his language is that of an amateur playwright who does not know when he is only repeating cliches.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Both Nicholson and Kirk are terrific actors, but the script limits them and their performances.

December 5, 2006 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kirk and Nicholson provide solid acting throughout the movie. Lipsky's writing is frequently original. However, the overall sense of this film is that it lacks credibility.

December 5, 2006 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

With "Flannel Pajamas" Lipsky has written an excellent off-Broadway play, not a film.

December 2, 2006 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

By the time these two must decide whether or not to stay together, we've given up on the whole process entirely.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

... it's hard to warm to characters this flawed without some humorous leavening. The result is dreary, particularly at slightly more than two hours.

November 30, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Flannel Pajamas

A finely crafted indie drama, with outstanding performances by Julianne Nicholson and Justin Kirk. It moves forward with such amazing clarity, and painful honesty. Anyone that has ever had to go through a divorce, or even a difficult doomed relationship, can recognize how real this movie is....and sad. This film shows a non-sugarcoated portrayal of love.
January 21, 2011

Super Reviewer

Watching this relationship begin is like a bad car wreck. The couple's relationship progresses way too quickly - before we are able to get to know them well and before they are able to really understand each other. More to the point, Stuart is a first-class, grade A asshole. He's almost impossible to like.
What is interesting is the film's attempt to give us intelligent characters. It is as though Lipsky saw a Woody Allen movie and said, "I want characters who read in my film too!" Except, when Stuart goes off on his complex analysis of Nicole's character, it is more presumptuous than accurate, more like an authorial voice than his.
Structurally, Flannel Pajamas is a mess. Many of the "other things" that interfere in this couple's relationship seem to come from left field. This is particularly true of the mother-in-law's antisemitism, which was so radical a departure from the action that I wondered if this film was too autobiographical ... or simply poorly made.
But for all its flaws, I found myself charmed by Flannel Pajamas. I think I respect what the film was trying to do, even though it never got there. After all, life's events, which intrude on our relationships, never happen in manner conducive to good story-telling.
Overall, see a real Woody Allen movie or Scenes from a Marriage instead, but if you've seen all of these, then scrape Flannel Pajamas off the bottom of the barrel.
January 3, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

a film that wallows in its own oddity. There are scenes of poetic dialogue and others that are just so obvious that you wonder why they didn't end up on the cutting room floor.
There is good acting going on here, but somehow, by the end of the film you just don't care anymore.
Many have said that the message of the film is that "real" love can't survive. That's bull - this isn't real love, at least not in the male lead's case - he loves that he can dominate and manipulate her - which, while being a form of self love, shows he doesn't love her at all (proven by his sudden "need" for her after she finally grows a spine and leaves him).
The revelations about the lead's envy of his crazy brother hold more attention than the 2nd half of the film, which seems to spin out of control and fall into a pattern of non-sequitors like the hospital cafeteria conversation with the mother, which starts out with her proclaiming anti-semitism, but then saying that had nothing to do with her dislike for him, and her feelings that he wasn't right for her daughter. Ok, I'll buy that often truths are couched behind a smoke screen of other words, but this was just out there and left you feeling ambivelent about the entire affair.
January 29, 2009
paul sandberg

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At first I thought this movie was just an excuse to show lots of nudity. As it progressed it became a pretty interesting depiction of a couple who are happy and get married ignoring things that later in their marriage become a problem, eventually leading to a divorce. That's really the whole plot, and it's more of an exploration of the event than anything else.
April 6, 2008
Curtis Lilly

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