Owen Gleiberman
November 22, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Flannel Pajamas

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/15/06
performer
Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson
director
Jeff Lipsky
distributor
Gigantic Pictures, Hart Sharp Productions
author
Jeff Lipsky
genre
Romance

We gave it a B-

There are moments in Jeff Lipsky’s low-budget, high-octane battle of the sexes, when Stuart (Justin Kirk), a reflexively nasty Jewish publicity agent, and Nicole (Julianne Nicholson), the testy, freckle-faced Catholic girl he marries, dredge up a grubby intimacy that most relationship dramas avoid: financial anxieties, clashing timetables for having babies, and so forth. Yet the hero remains such an exhibitionistically cocky, walled-off jerk that Flannel Pajamas‘ glib conversational ”candor” yields no mystery. And that’s a problem in two hours of talk.

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