Stuart (Justin Kirk) and Nicole (Julianne Nicholson) meet on a blind date that oddly also briefly includes his brother Jordan (Jamie Harrold), her best friend Tess (Chelsea Altman) and their therapist. It gets stranger from there in Jeff Lipsky's offbeat second feature, "Flannel Pajamas," which follows the couple's life from giddy setup to marital strife. They fall for each other immediately, despite the fact that they have nothing in common. Justin is a big-city Jewish boy with a flashy Broadway job; Nicole is a Catholic girl from a big Montana family who has trouble keeping a gig as a sales rep. After spending the night in her awful bathroom-less apartment, Stuart asks Nicole to move in with him and let him pay off her student loans. Nicole's response is wary, though she quickly adds, "I'll take the money, though."
Anyone can see the match is not exactly made in heaven, nor does it appear to be made in New York, but soon we find ourselves in the airless bubble of Stuart and Nicole's tiny world. He is glib and controlling, she is mopey and apparently unstable; and while you get the feeling that the movie is an attempt to make sense of a difficult, real-life relationship, there's not much here that feels recognizable. Kirk and Nicholson, usually very likable, struggle with what they're given, but more directorial distance was needed to extract a story from this experience.