More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Overall Rating
2.93

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look50%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 42.86%
Total Crap: 7.14%

2 reviews, 2 user ratings


Latest Reviews

Guardians of the Galaxy by Lybarger

Guardians of the Galaxy by Brett Gallman

One I Love, The by Jay Seaver

Get On Up by Peter Sobczynski

Guardians of the Galaxy by Peter Sobczynski

Snow White Murder Case, The by Jay Seaver

At the Devil's Door by Jay Seaver

To Be Takei by Jay Seaver

Hercules (2014) by Daniel Kelly

Hal by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed


Ira and Abby
[AllPosters.com] Buy posters from this movie
by brianorndorf

"An ultra-rare peek at New York loons"
4 stars

“Ira & Abby” marks the 1,056,264 time a film has been set in New York City, using the claustrophobic neuroses of the lead characters as a comedic device. If you can stomach the bankrupt conception of the picture, there’s a swell breeze of a romantic comedy inside worth the trouble.

Ira (Chris Messina) is a troubled, analyst-dependent guy working his way through a failed relationship and body issues that have kept him fearful of the world. Looking to join a gym, he meets Abby (Jennifer Westfeldt), a free-spirit who takes to Ira immediately. Married soon after their introduction, the two hope for a loving future, but Ira’s insecurities and Abby’s deceptions are impossible to swiftly overcome, starting the couple on a roller coaster of love that soon effects their respective parents (Fred Willard, Judith Light, Robert Klein, and Frances Conroy).

Jennifer Westfeldt burst onto the indie film scene with 2001’s “Kissing Jessica Stein,” a remarkably pedestrian lesbian comedy that found success with the suburban art-house daredevils, who found the film’s noxious New York locations and Westfeldt’s sitcom screenwriting their statement of acceptance. Well, Westfeldt is back at it again, only this time she’s got a hankerin’ for heterosexual heat, albeit one tempered by the distance of love at first sight.

To get the ugliness out of the argument early, “Ira & Abby” is sickening in the way it triumphantly trots out New York clichés, from Upper West Side snobbery to the reliance of psychiatric intervention to sort out all problems. Apparently, someone needs to stage an intervention and pry Westfeldt away from her Woody Allen DVDs. The influence of the master is all over “Ira & Abby,” but in unimaginatively sycophantic ways, not loving creative germination. The lack of location stimulation sunk the rancid “Stein” to the ocean floor, and, early on, it threatens to do the same for “Ira & Abby.”

Miraclously, Westfeldt and director Robert Cary have enough dramatic seed to work with, standing “Ira & Abby” to attention with unexpected performances and twisty screenwriting that maintains a spark of surprise throughout the whole picture. The theme of impulsive behavior dominates the motivations of the characters and Westfeldt dreams up some interesting trials for our heroes, including a series of marriages and the old standards of miscommunication and jealousy. As stated before, the actress/screenwriter doesn’t quite know how to break out of her “Three’s Company” templates, but “Ira & Abby” demonstrates a stronger commitment to elongated dramatic response, in place of simple cutesy crud.

While Ira and Abby’s thin-ice love affair provides entertainment, Westfeldt discovers more fertile ground in a subplot detailing the infidelity of Abby’s father (Willard) with Ira’s mother (Light). Outside of the fact that these two actors aren’t typically allowed this level of seriousness, the aside clicks simply because it concerns two characters that aren’t held to cartoonish standards. “Ira & Abby” is a charming film, but it’s nearly great when it settles down and causally explores life’s often strange complications.

link directly to this review at http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=16739&reviewer=404
originally posted: 10/12/07 15:23:55
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

6/23/13 Gary The film explores the challenges marriage presents to some people but not to all. 4 stars
12/13/07 William Goss Neuroses cannot replace legitimate humor or heart. An arthouse endurance test. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:


Discuss this movie in our forum

USA
  14-Sep-2007 (R)
  DVD: 29-Jan-2008

UK
  N/A

Australia
  N/A




Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
eFilmCritic.com: Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2014, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast