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Flannel Pajamas

Writer-director Jeff Lipsky dissects a marriage with the same seriousness as Ingmar Bergman or the young Mike Nichols, showing what can happen when a man partners with a woman who's not his equal. Justin Kirk (Angels in America, TV's Weeds) plays a successful Broadway promoter who weds an unsuccessful, emotionally fragile saleswoman (Julianne Nicholson) because he wants to protect her. She repays his patience and generosity by sulking, especially because she wants to start a family, a step he prefers to postpone. The script is overwritten and has too many themes—suicide, abuse, anti-Semitism—to support, but Nicholson does remarkable work in an unsympathetic role, helped by Lipsky's fine control of his characters. 124 min.

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