If Dharma and Greg went to therapy--a lot--you might end up with something like Robert Cary's appealing but uneven romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Westfeldt's screenplay and Cary's direction combine to make it the best Manhattan love story since When Harry Met Sally.
| Original Score: B
Writer and producer Westfeldt revisits the terrain of love and misunderstanding with the same breezy, romantic tone of Kissing Jessica Stein.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ira & Abby is a comedy of errors that makes very few along the way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It is a pleasant enough way to while away 90 minutes, but lacks the consistency of the weight to make it more than a genial diversion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
...Ira & Abby radiates a breathless charm, due in no small part to Ms. Westfeldt's sharp dialogue and engagingly unmannered performance.
| Original Score: 4/5
The nicest surprise of the week -- not just nice but amazing -- is a comedy called Ira and Abby.
Ira and Abby is far from being an unlikable movie. It has a charming lunacy about it, which allows for much enjoyment, or at least comfortable, familiar, routine easiness (like a marriage).
| Original Score: 3/5
A romantic comedy about a kooky couple that sinks in a whirlpool of therapeutic clichés.
| Original Score: 1/5
A formidable crowd-pleaser.
| Original Score: 3/4
Neither Westfeldt's sunny charm nor the best efforts of a stellar supporting cast can haul her formulaic screenplay out of its tired shtick.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ira & Abby wants to explore the state of modern marriage, but finds the allure of romantic-comedy fantasies impossible to resist.
A deeply funny follow-up to Kissing Jessica Stein from that film's co-writer and co-star Westfeldt.
For every odd laugh it earns, also induces twice as many groans for obviousness and coincidence-fraught comic straining.
This round-robin of marital malaise has more integrity than one might expect from its meet-cute beginnings.
Annie Hall called, and it wants its plot back.
Amidst its inquiry into the feasibility of monogamy, marriage, and true love, Ira & Abby raises a more pressing issue: Is this all there is to mainstream indie filmmaking?
| Original Score: 2/4
Though Westfeldt has a winning way with a punch line and a perky screen presence that is very much in the Diane Keaton/Jenna Elfman mode, the picture ultimately feels like yesterday's brisket.
We're in Woody Allen/Christopher Guest territory here with a bright, fast-paced sitcom without the required happy ending.
| Original Score: B+