"Because democracy works." -- Jason Alexander
Okay, I'll confess. My recorder totally punked out on me. I was on the red carpet (June 23) for the new "divorce comedy" "Ira & Abby" and doing great: accosting the stars with hard-hitting, yet casually playful questions and receiving insightful answers in return.
Alas, despite the stars waxing so eloquent about the film, all that my recorder played back was empty space for 25 minutes due to an erroneously flipped switch. Shame and chagrin. The Jason Alexander quote above is just one drop in the vast bucket of great wisdom I had planned on sharing with you.
So, courtesy of my faulty memory, here are brief highlights:
Judith Light - The ex-"Who's the Boss?" actress returns to comedy playing Ira's mother Arlene. She next tries her hand at independent filmmaking with a project produced under her shingle Tetrahedron, along with Mythgarden.
"Ira & Abby"
directed by Robert Cary
Writer/actress Jennifer Westfeldt has done it again. "Ira & Abby" is a gem of a film that's as hilarious as it is sweet and insightful. Neurotic Ira (Chris Messina) meets free-spirited Abby (Westfeldt) and there's such undeniable chemistry, that she proposes after only six hours of conversation, pointing out, "Half of all marriages end in divorce anyway, so we have a good a chance as anyone."
Their whirlwind romance seems to affect all those around them, including their supposedly happily married parents. What follows is a flurry of infidelity, therapy sessions and the requisite bit of soul-searching. Is marriage or divorce the answer? What was the question?
Westfeldt's dialogue isn't just entertaining, but she has also an uncanny ear for the stream-of-consciousness way that people actually speak. You leave the theater feeling smarter, not because of the use of big words or concepts, but because your mind has to be nimble to keep up with the dialogue's fleet-footed shifts.
Westfeldt is adorable as Abby and is the obvious heart of the film, while Messina's take on Ira is heartbreakingly fallible yet likable. Jason Alexander, Fred Willard, Judith Light, Frances Conroy, Robert Klein, Chris Parnell and Darrell Hammond comprise the stellar supporting cast.
Friday, June 23
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