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  • Summary: Ira and Abby is a sweet, hilarious, and slightly subversive romantic comedy. It examines the issues of marriage, monogamy, and whether "I do" is the only path to lifelong love and happiness.
    Ira Black is brilliant, neurotic, Jewish, and has so many issues he can't fit them into 12 years of
    analysis. Abby Willoughby is a free spirit who works in a gym and is better at solving her friends' problems than selling memberships. When the two meet, the impossible happens: They fall in love, meet each other's parents, and decide to get married--all in a few breathless hours. And life is good--for a while--until a series of comic misadventures (multiple divorces, in-laws, affairs, exes, and too many therapists) force the couple to rethink their strategies. (Magnolia Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 80
    Not only delightfully funny but unaffectedly romantic.
  2. 75
    Isn't as sharply directed as "Jessica Stein," but it's still a formidable crowd-pleaser.
  3. The film may be slight, but it is not stupid, and director Robert Cary keeps both stickiness and shtickiness at bay.
  4. To do rough justice to this special treat in not much space, let me first stipulate that it evokes any number of Woody Allen films, thanks to its therapy-centric characters and its Upper West Side milieu.
  5. Though playing at times like an extended sitcom, Ira & Abby radiates a breathless charm, due in no small part to Ms. Westfeldt’s sharp dialogue and engagingly unmannered performance.
  6. 67
    It's still 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.
  7. 38
    A stale rehash of Woody Allen-style "he's a neurotic Jew, she's a flaky shiksa" gags.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. JanschieDavie
    Aug 9, 2009
    Preposterous start that steers into realms of sitcom reality as the movie progresses. The cast is winsome although without any deep believability or motivational foundation. It is too long at the start and too short at the end. Yet, it has something that connects in an over-the-top way. Not for everyone. Maybe for lonely hearts looking for answers without answers. Expand
  2. jayb
    Apr 28, 2008
    Terrific cast and some winning performances, but this movie fails to entertain because of sometimes-inept dialog and a confused plot that strains credulity way past the breaking point and finally lurches to a completely unconvincing and unsatisfying halt. Expand
  3. KenG
    Oct 6, 2007
    A wanna-be Woody Allen type movie, but maybe only Woody Allen, can do "Woody Allen" well. Just not funny, witty clever, or insightful enough to make it worthwhile. And neither of the leads are all that good. The male lead in particular, seems miscast. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2013
    Ugh, the manic pixie dream girl, boring and overdone and not particularly believable for adults. There is a real fake cutsie-pie thing going on that feels contrived. There is literally a scene with a grown woman standing in jammies on the stairs in her parents house (where she lives). She also often appears in pigtails. How vulnerable and cute... Sorry. This movie is another extremely self-conscious Jennifer Westfeldt attempt that, surprise surprise, stars herself. Shared theme in her work: precious pretentiousness that lacks depth (but thinks it's real deep). Expand