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Ira & Abby

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Robert Cary

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Plot Summary

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 analyst inform Ira that they don't want to see him anymore, he decides he needs to make some changes. Ira joins a health club, where he meets Abby Willoughby (Jennifer Westfeldt), who is supposed to sell memberships to the gym but is much better at listening to people's problems. The two discover they have a strong and immediate rapport, and Ira asks Abby to marry him only a few hours later. Abby says yes, and soon the couple are wed. However, it isn't until after they've been married for a few weeks that Ira discovers Abby has been divorced twice already, and it makes him very uneasy about their relationship. Despite more therapy, Ira asks Abby for a divorce, and it sends shock waves through their families — Arlene begins having an affair with Michael (Fred Willard), Abby's free-spirited father, while Seymour commiserates with Abby's mother Lynne (Frances Conroy), and eventually parents and children are all meeting together in group therapy for couples. Ira and Abby was written by leading lady Jennifer Westfeldt, who was also screenwriter and star for the independent hit Kissing Jessica Stein.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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69%
  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: ...Ira & Abby radiates a breathless charm, due in no small part to Ms. Westfeldt's sharp dialogue and engagingly unmannered performance. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Ira and Abby is launched with an infectious elation, a no-guts-no-glory take on love that's joyous... – John Anderson, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: 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. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

It's worth the rental fee

It's a sweet film. Nothing fantastic, but I didn't regret renting it. Hope you enjoy the movie.

Very Cool

Very good movie. Entertaining, funny, and true, this movie is sure to enlighten the viewer about American socitey (in a funny way).

Ira & Abby

If you like neurotic comedy/romance you are @ the right place

Ira & Abby
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2008

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