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Ira & Abby
     

Ira & Abby

Director: Robert Cary,

Cast: Chris Messina, Jennifer Westfeldt, Frances Conroy

 
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 (

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
UPC:
0876964001069
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
57,618

Special Features

Commentary by Jennifer Westfeldt (writer, actress & executive producer); Hana Levine (actress & executive producer); Outtakes; Deleted & extended scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Messina Ira Black
Jennifer Westfeldt Abby Willoughby
Frances Conroy Lynne Willoughby
Fred Willard Michael Willoughby
Judith Light Arlene Black
Robert Klein Seymour Black
Maddie Corman Lea
Jason Alexander Dr. Saperstein
David Margulies Dr. Friedman
Donna Murphy Dr. Goldman
Chris Parnell Dr. Silverberg
Darrell Hammond Dr. Rosenblum
Kali Rocha Tracey
Peter Hirsch Dr. Goldberg
Ilana Levine Dr. Finkelstein
Brad Bellamy Henry
Marylouise Burke Janice
Michael Patrick McGrath Tony
Kevin Sussman Lenny
Matthew Del Negro Seth

Technical Credits
Robert Cary Director
Declan Baldwin Co-producer
Phillip J. Bartell Editor
Jim Black Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Westfeldt Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Raymond Kluga Production Designer
Ilana Levine Executive Producer
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Jorge M. Perez Executive Producer
Stu Pollard Associate Producer
Douglas G. Smith Executive Producer
Bernie Telsey Casting
David Vaccari Casting
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer
Brad Zions Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ira and Abby
1. Long-Term Analysis [10:53]
2. Mostly Fat [3:22]
3. Where's Lea? [7:02]
4. Why Ira? [4:41]
5. Parents [3:38]
6. I Promise [6:46]
7. Having Fun [3:06]
8. Hey! [6:59]
9. I'm Crazy [8:06]
10. The Past [6:38]
11. Big Liar [8:23]
12. Why Are You Here? [4:06]
13. Out Late [6:27]
14. Closure [6:49]
15. So Nice [8:32]
16. Congratulations [8:46]

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