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Ira & Abby (2006)

A hastily married couple quickly devolve into a life of affairs, meddling parents, and therapy.

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Robert Cary

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Messina ... Ira Black
David Margulies ... Dr. Arnold Friedman
Spiro Malas Spiro Malas ... Greek Waiter
Kali Rocha ... Tracy
Jennifer Westfeldt ... Abby Willoughby
Brad Bellamy Brad Bellamy ... Henry
Kevin Sussman ... Lenny
Marylouise Burke ... Janice (as Mary Louise Burke)
Judith Light ... Arlene Black
Robert Klein ... Seymour Black
Michael McGrath Michael McGrath ... Tony the Doorman
Fred Willard ... Michael Willoughby
Frances Conroy ... Lynne Willoughby
Malachy McCourt ... 1st Justice of the Peace
Modi ... Marvin the Limo Driver (as Modi Rosenfeld)
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A hastily married couple quickly devolve into a life of affairs, meddling parents, and therapy.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes therapy.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cásate conmigo otra vez See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,938, 16 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$220,234, 16 December 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Breakout Pictures,Team Todd See more »
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Ira Black: [on their first session of marriage counseling] I can't believe you won therapy!
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Connections

Features The Incident (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't We Got Fun?
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan
Performed by David Gursky (Piano)
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Funny, clever, warm. Westfeldt is amazing amazing.
30 January 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Ira & Abby (2006)

What a special sweet film about two people who meet, fall in love (totally and instantly), and make a go of marriage.

Ira is played by Chris Messina who is disgruntled and ambitious, and he's really good at playing a mild and likable malcontent. He is going to therapy to find happiness, and getting nowhere.

Abby is played by Jennifer Westfeldt and she's a sensation, a total gem on screen, scintillating and in her warm oddball way, utterly lovable. She is the opposite, of course, as movies like this require, which means she has no ambition and is utterly happy all the time. She's so happy she infects Ira with happiness--how simple is that?--and the whole movie, as well. And the audience. It's a kind of wonder how it works on everything. In a bad mood? See this movie.

The best parts of the movie really show Abby's effect on Ira, on Ira's family, on strangers, and then, eventually, on herself as she has to face some unhappiness. An example scene will help--the couple are on the subway when a man with a gun sticks everyone up for money, maybe ten people. Abby sweetly (and without cornball excess, that's the wonder of it) asks him how much he needs. She'll give it to him. He's gradually mollified as she goes around collecting money from the other passengers and gets what he needs. He's suddenly willing to take a little less (this is the comedy, of course) and you see how in some bubble reality this kind of kindness might actually work. (She discovers him later with a job, and you sense that she saved him somehow by giving him that bit of sunshine.)

Okay, you might wonder how to build a whole movie on this. Well, there are complications with the parents, who have various kinds of relationship problems themselves. No clues here. Eventually it's a comic can of worms and all very fun. Perfect? No, but excellent overall. I could watch it again, which says a lot for this kind of lightweight fare. Westfeldt deserves it.


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