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

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A rocky road is ahead when Ira (Chris Messina), a neurotic doctoral candidate, meets and marries Abby (Jennifer Westfeldt), a free-spirit, almost on a whim. The pair enjoy marital bliss for awhile, but the relationship hits the skids when Ira learns Abby is twice-divorced. The marriage breaks apart, but the lovers have yet to realize that they may not be able to live without one another.

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Westfeldt
Abby Willoughby
Frances Conroy
Lynne Willoughby
Fred Willard
Michael Willoughby
Judith Light
Arlene Black
Robert Klein
Seymour Black
Jason Alexander
Dr. Morris Saperstein
Darrell Hammond
Dr. Rosenblum
Jennifer Westfeldt
Executive Producer
Ilana Levine
Executive Producer
Jorge M. Perez
Executive Producer
Harlan Bosmajian
Cinematographer
Marcelo Zarvos
Original Music
Ray Kluga
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  • Jul 29, 2012
    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."
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    Don't know how I missed or passed this one up..but it was simply hilarious. To me, Ira Black (Chris Messina) plays the part of the perfect neurotic "schlepper" in this movie.Ira was so bad in relationships that his own psychiatrist doesn't want to see him any more...after being with him for 12 years! He advises Ira to go out and find himself. As Ira neglectfully does so and meets Abby (Jennifer Westfeldt who is a rare gem in this film!), at a gym. They meet and greet but Abby has some amazing plans to do more than meet him....introduce him to her parents.The two wind up getting married so early that the penalties for not waiting are huge. This turned out to be so radically whimsically funny that everybody winds up in therapy!!! Please see this classic hysterical romance!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2011
    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 <i>Ira and Abby</i> because the film as whole suffers from too much business and not enough substance.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    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.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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