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Ira and Abby (2006)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 13

Ira & Abby overcomes the somewhat clichéd plot with witty dialogue and earnest performances.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 4

Ira & Abby overcomes the somewhat clichéd plot with witty dialogue and earnest performances.



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Love at first sight has some interesting repercussions a few months down the line in this offbeat romantic comedy. Ira Black (Chris Messina) is a wildly neurotic thirtysomething who can't get his life in gear -- the son of a pair of therapists, Arlene (Judith Light) and Seymour (Robert Klein), Ira still hasn't finished his grad school dissertation, he's been in therapy for 12 years, and can't bring himself to settle down with his longtime girlfriend Lea (Maddie Corman). When both Lea and his


Comedy, Romance

Jennifer Westfeldt

Jan 29, 2008

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The movie benefits from an exceptionally strong line-up of supporting characters beautifully played by a top-notch cast.

October 18, 2007 Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ira & Abby has plenty of sharp details, mostly verbal, and it gives old pros and newer faces a chance to show off their poker-faced comic wiles.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Ira & Abby is like its characters: nice with a lot of problems.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's sunny, oh-so-New-York and ever-so cute, and Messina and Westfeldt, under-used actors, are equally beguiling.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Ira & Abby, in its breezy, low-key way, will make audiences happy -- something [director] Westfeldt already knows how to do.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A mixed bag with a lot of cutesy awfulness to wade through, but the acerbic ending is enough of a punchline to suggest that Westfeldt understands what a joke this kind of film can be.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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An odd love poem for cynics who have thrown sentimentality into the garbage.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Robert Carey directs his cast with zest and the film plays its laughs with a sense of gentle sardonic smirk that makes it inoffensive yet tart.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ira & Abby may drive you into therapy, but you'll be chuckling all the way.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

The steady addition of more and more characters served to fragment what could have been a charming romantic comedy.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Ira and Abby may be a divorce comedy, but the perfect marriage of two comically inspired minds, director Robert Cary (Anything But Love) and writer/star Jennifer Wesfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) is irresistible.

January 26, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

"Ira & Abby" doesn't throw out the romantic comedy rule book, but it occasionally shuffles the pages a little for comic effect.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

In the season that has seen such loathsome films as Good Luck Chuck and The Heartbreak Kid, Ira & Abby is remarkable proof that a compelling and funny love story can appear on celluloid.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

On paper, Ira and Abby sounds like a sitcom (in fact, it sounds like Dharma & Greg). But intelligence and fine acting shoves it up several notches.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It spends so much time reminding of how quaint and kooky it is throughout that you may find yourself pulling out your wallet or purse and offering it some of your hard-earned money if it will agree to just simmer down and go away

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source:

Ira & Abby is a charming film, but it's nearly great when it settles down and causally explores life's often strange complications.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

The group-therapy scene that wraps it up brings those substantial themes together in a way that's uproariously funny.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The result is light but surprisingly fresh, and even a bit insightful.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Offers some smiles and rueful insights about the vicissitudes of love, but its almost slavish imitation of the Woody Allen formula ultimately makes it seem stale.

October 7, 2007 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for Ira and Abby

Another win for Jennifer Westfeldt. In disagreement with friend and Flixster reviewer, Jim Hunter, I think the group therapy session is the most amazing scene in the movie. So many overlapping arguments and grievances aired. I especially love Ira's line that criticizes Abby's penchant for people-pleasing, "It's hard being married to someone who's married to everyone."
July 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

A couple quickly falls in love and marries, and then they have to deal with the ramifications.
This film is remarkably uneven. It is often jaunty and farcical, but there are moments of true pathos that demand we take the action more seriously than we had been prepared for. There is also great truth in the moments when, for example, Seymour says, "It's impossible to ever truly know anybody." But immediately after we get a ridiculous scene involving everybody's therapists and people carrying on ad infinitum. The primary eponymous story offers some fairly charming moments, but the supporting stories often have little to do with the main action and only distract from the people we want to care about.
The performances by Chris Messina and Jennifer Westfeldt (especially Westfeldt) often make their outlandish characters believable, and by the end of the film, I wished I knew them better and got to spend more time in their presence.
Overall, there's a lot to like about Ira and Abby, but not much to like about Ira and Abby because the film as whole suffers from too much business and not enough substance.
June 1, 2011
Jim Hunter

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I'm at least glad to know that somebody is filling in for the psychoneurotic Jewish dilettante while Woody is off parading himself in Europe doing god-knows-what. This movie largely succeeds due to Jennifer Westfeldt, who plays Abby with such au naturale the role seems made for her. The supporting Jewish cast feels like a return home to my favorite genre in the world, so much that I'm willing to forgive Chris Messina for being such a complete jerk.
April 28, 2011

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Ira & Abby," Ira(Chris Messina) has spent the last six years of his life working on his doctoral dissertation on psychology.(Both of his parents(Robert Klein & Judith Light) are psychoanalysts.) After twelve years of therapy, his analyst can do nothing more for him and is dumping him. Unable to make up his mind about lunch, Ira at least knows that he wants to be in better physical shape, so he wanders across to a gym and fills out a member application. 45 minutes later, he wants to leave but that is when Abby(Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote the screenplay) shows up to give him a tour. Six hours later, they are still together, so she does the sensible and responsible thing and proposes marriage...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Ira & Abby" is a misguided and insipid romantic comedy that seeks to mine the material and chemistry that results from two polar opposites coming together but both lead characters are so unappealing and underwritten that it is impossible for any spark to occur. For example, if Abby whose main characteristic is that she is a good listener is this drawn to every man she meets, then why isn't she less lonely? However, there is some truth expressed late, especially on the subject of marriage and why it should it not be a decision made lightly. But basically the film is just content to take its shots at the psychoanalytical profession. Yes, we all need someone to talk to but there are also cases that definitely require a professional touch.[/font]
September 19, 2008
Walter M.

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