Ira and Abby
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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 analyst inform Ira that they don't want to see him anymore, he decides he needs to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie benefits from an exceptionally strong line-up of supporting characters beautifully played by a top-notch cast."
‑ Nell Minow, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's sunny, oh-so-New-York and ever-so cute, and Messina and Westfeldt, under-used actors, are equally beguiling."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An odd love poem for cynics who have thrown sentimentality into the garbage."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The steady addition of more and more characters served to fragment what could have been a charming romantic comedy."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Adam Fendelman,
"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
"Ira & Abby, in its breezy, low-key way, will make audiences happy -- something [director] Westfeldt already knows how to do."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Ira & Abby is like its characters: nice with a lot of problems."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Ira & Abby may drive you into therapy, but you'll be chuckling all the way."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
""Ira & Abby" doesn't throw out the romantic comedy rule book, but it occasionally shuffles the pages a little for comic effect."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"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"
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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