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Flannel Pajamas (2007)

Justin Kirk , Julianne Nicholson  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MX7TXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flannel Pajamas" on IMDb

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Relationships are never easy, but when two very opposite people are brought together by a well-meaning acquaintance in Flannel Pajamas, the result is an explosive love that overrides common sense. The spark between the meticulously honest and emotionally scarred Nicole and the self-absorbed Stuart who invents elaborate stories for a living is intense, and despite the fact that they can't stand each other's family and friends, the two are drawn together first by a mutual fascination and later by great sex. The pair move in together and eventually marry, choosing to ignore their insecurities and conflicts over religion, friendships, relatives, and careers, but the cold reality is that the day to day struggles over their inherent differences takes a significant toll on their happiness and threatens their relationships with one another and their friends and families. A compelling, sometimes painful exploration of the relationships between men and women, the artsy and powerful Flannel Pajamas stars Justin Kirk (Showtime's Weeds) and Julianne Nicholson (Law and Order: Criminal Intent ). --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

A Mismathced Couple Meets On A Blind Date In Manhattan ... Asstuart & Nicole Progress From Love To Marriage To Discussionsabout Starting A Family, They Face The Challenges Of Criticalfriends, Emotionally-Demanding Relatives, Time-Consumingcareers & Different Religions.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Where do I start with this one? I'm gonna cheat a bit and give a promotionally given synopsis first (I never do this, but you'll see why in a minute):

"A study of a relationship that starts quickly, burns bright, and then gets rocky, not from any one thing, but from an accumulation of civilization and its discontents. Stuart is glib and generous, Nicole is shy and forthright. He doesn't like her best friend; she tires of his brother's antics. She wants children sooner. He's a poor listener, she broods. Both have divorced parents, and their families complicate their lives. Is love enough to see them through?"

Does this sound familiar and/or close to home? If you're a male between the ages of 25 and 40 it should, or you haven't been in enough long-term relationships that ended in heartbreak (lucky you). Starring Weeds' Justin Kirk and L&O's Julianne Nicholson (who actually doesn't look like a tomboy lesbian in this one). But reading this above synopsis only tells a small part of the story, and not that correctly to begin with. This is not a comedy, it's real life. The struggle between trying to make two totally different entities, a man and a woman, compatible. What gets you about this film is the utter honesty of how romance between a couple inevitability changes between dating and marriage, and how one or more parties cannot accept that fact. In alot of ways it showed to me why the divorce rate is so high for my generation than my parents, that we as a society and age-group find it so hard to make ourselves better suited for our partners until the damage is done and it's too late. Alot of people (myself included) have said "They need to accept me for who I am", but that's easier said than done.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By nychen
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A strange title for a film, "Flannel Pajamas" isn't at all what I thought it was when I first saw the trailer maybe a year or so before I saw the actual film. I thought it was a movie about a couple, a romance of sorts that goes awry but maybe has a happy ending...well it is indeed about a couple, one that meets unexpectedly amongst friends, a romance ensues and does go awry and well, there's a happy ending depending on how you look at the characters, and from whose point of view.

Both the characters, Nicole (Julianne Nicholson) and Stuart (Justin Kirk) are like-able but with developing flaws as they progress deeper into their relationship. Doesn't that always happen in real life? You think you know someone, date them, marry them and they aren't who you thought they were...

A very realistic portrayal of two people in love with having someone to love, but aren't truly in love with each other as life, work, family and all those nitpicks start to crack their relationship. I enjoyed the banter and talk between the characters, conversations you can imagine about living together, money, changing jobs, having a dog, a child and especially family gatherings that you must attend but hate.

The one thing that bothered me throughout the movie was the upfront nudity. It's not unnatural, but it seems excessive for a movie...or maybe this is to show each character's openness and vulnerability, I'm not sure but it's so casual it's weird. There is that questionable scene in Stuart's apartment where Nicole undresses timidly, and that's the most uncomfortable scene I've seen in a movie in awhile...I think it says alot about both characters, where their relationship is based, and where it falls apart in a way.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Insightful but not likeable enough September 6, 2007
By Victek
Format:DVD
Perhaps because I'm in middle age and have gone through a few relationships I could see the mistakes Stuart and Nicole were making all along the way to sabotage their relationship. I admired that in some ways the film was very honest. For instance it is not self-conscious about nudity and sex. When the couple begin to explore sex they simply take off their clothes. They don't walk out of the bathroom wearing bathrobes, the camera doesn't start hiding behind the furniture, etc. At a certain point the film politely draws the curtain, which is appropriate and preferable to the fake sex scenes we usually get in Hollywood movies. Unfortunately, the film's honesty is not enough. I found myself unable to care enough about Stuart and Nicole to stay engaged as their marriage gradually came apart. I found Stuart in particular quite unlikeable. His need to control and his air of self-importance put me off. Neither Stuart nor Nicole reaches out to anyone who could possibly help them. What is the point of Stuart talking to Nicole's girlfriend who doesn't believe in marriage and commitment, or Nicole's mother who has never liked him and tells him bluntly that she won't help? Given that they supposedly care about their relationship is it realistic that they do not reach out to anyone who really might be able to help - a counselor, therapist, minister, rabbi? Perhaps some people allow their relationships to crash and burn in this way, but it ain't pretty and I can't recommend watching it, except perhaps as a cautionary tale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER BRILLIANCE
This is an amazing film. I came across it a few years ago and thought about it again the other day. Bought it on Amazon, got it in the mail and watched it again. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. M. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from Flannel Pajamas
Justin Kirk's character "Stuart" thinks he is madly in love, but does not understand that mutual respect is an essential component of love. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pastor Don
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Independent Film
Flannel Pajamas is a long intimate look at the relationship between Stuart and Nicole. This is a lovely independent film.

At over two hours, this is a long film. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Daniel G. Lebryk
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet
story of a couple with different goals. For once the husband is an overachiever and the wife is a slacker. Read more
Published 23 months ago by mr. critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
Good characterization,interesting story,only one " but ", the male character was like a piece of wood in the ocean,just letting the ocean waves tossed him wherever they... Read more
Published on November 28, 2009 by Fumanchu
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe in the love story
I once wrote that 9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version fails as a film because it succeeds at its intended purpose which is to chronicle the initial excitement and final... Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by Tim Lieder
4.0 out of 5 stars Flannel Pajamas
I really appreciated how this film depicted the stages of a romance from the initial passion to breakup to the point where things were possibly reconciled. Read more
Published on January 26, 2009 by J. Lindner
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this movie
I don't care what anyone says, I loved this movie and it is not a waste of time kind of movie. I just rented it and fell in love with it. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by C. Fletcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Anatomy of a relationship...(3 1/2) stars
The movie starts on Stuart and Nicole's first date. You basically feel as if you are in their relationship because you go through everything with them: the first time they are... Read more
Published on February 3, 2008 by Diane Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Can this marriage be saved . . .
This is an odd movie about an unlikely couple whose romantic relationship evolves into marriage and then comes unraveled. Read more
Published on November 28, 2007 by Ronald Scheer
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