Flannel Pajamas (Lipsky, 2006)

Long, annoying, and deathly boring, this Sundance award winner follows a couple falling in and out of love – a grueling process that feels like an eternity of passive aggressive whining and sulking. The script tries to spice up a basic romantic dramedy formula with a number of anecdotes about these characters, screenwriting 101 stabs at complexity. Shot on crappy, overly colorful digital video, Flannel Pajamas poses as a an epic “indy” hipster love story, but in reality sacrifices subtlety in the name of irony and comes across as a trite, indulgent therapy session. Why Roger Ebert loves this film I’ll never know, but he got this sucker wrong.


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