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Flannel Pajamas (Unrated)





Release Date: November 15th, 2006 (Angelika Film Center) by Gigantic Pictures.
The Cast: Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Rebecca Schull, Jamie Harrold, Michelle Federer, Tom Bower, Jamie Harris, Stephanie March.
Directed by Jeff Lipsky.

BASIC PREMISE: Stuart (Kirk) and Nicole (Nicholson) fall in love, get married and gradually grow apart.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Flannel Pajamas follows the details of a romantic relationship from its beginning to its end. Stuart and Nicole, a seemingly happy young couple go on a blind date, spend time together, move in together, soon enough, get married. Thatís when the conflicts begin. Nicole wants to have a baby immediately, but Stuart prefers to wait a few years for financial reasons. She also wants to have a dog, but Stuart thinks that dogs are just for old people. Although they talk to one another a lot and express their feelings out loud, itís not easy to root for neither of them because they both seem narcissistic and their idiosyncrasies are a bit bizarreói.e., Stuart still sits in the bathtub with Nicole even though she peed in it. Writer/director Jeff Lipsky includes a few scenes that feel organic and real, but too many important scenes are abbreviated, i.e. their wedding ceremony. Too much focus on their relationship tends to feel exacerbating with scenes that drag. Both characters gradually come across as annoying to both the viewer and one another. Fortunately, Julianne Nicholsonís strong performance adds some well-needed charm to this rather underwhelming date movie. At a running time of 124 minutes, Flannel Pajamas overstays its welcome.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Itís important to listen as well as to adjust/accommodate to your loverís needs and wants. Relationships take a lot of commitment and, to some degree, forgiveness. Not all relationships are meant to be permanent and, so, all you can do is to learn from your mistakes and move on.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Occasionally irritating and drags.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4

IN A NUTSHELL: Julianne Nicholson gives a charming performance, but the two main characters and the excessive dialogue between them feel annoying and awkward while some scenes drag.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD


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