Ira & Abby – review

Randomly pick this dvd because i’m such a peach towards those award-winning tag on the cover x). ‘Ira & Abby’ sebetulnya bukan film baru, bahkan produksi 2006. Embel-embel ‘the best manhattan love story since When Harry Met Sally’ pada cover ternyata memang bukan main-main.

Ira Black (Chris Messina) digambarkan sebagai lelaki yg neurotik, labil, rendah diri dan ketergantungan tinggi pada psikiater. Ironisnya adalah ia seorang mahasiswa Psikologi tingkat akhir yg sedang mengambil gelar Ph.D. Saat psikiaternya selama belasan tahun ‘menyerah’ menghadapinya, Ira kelimpungan. Didorong inisiatif sendiri, ia mencoba mendaftar ke gym di salah satu pojok kota, hanya untuk membuktikan ia sanggup menyelesaikan apa yg ia mulai. Perjumpaannya dengan Abby Wiloughby (Jennifer Westfeldt) sang salesperson gym yg bersahabat,  easygoing dan free-spirited berakhir dengan rencana impulsif untuk menikah setelah percakapan selama 6 jam saja!

Arlene Black: Marriage is not something to be taken lightly.
Abby Willoughby: I don’t take it lightly, I just have a really good feeling about this.
Arlene Black: Ugh, sweetheart, it isn’t about feelings. Marriage is a contract.
Abby Willoughby: It isn’t about feelings?
Ira Black: Marriage isn’t about feelings?
Arlene Black: No, it is, of course it is.
Seymour Black: Yeah, it’s about feeling terrible and criticized.
Arlene Black: [coldly] Sy, don’t start.

Happily ever after? not yet. Karena walaupun pada awalnya mereka bahagia menjalani kehidupan sebagai suami-istri, Ira yg pada dasarnya labil ternyata mulai sedikit terganggu dengan karakter Abby yg cenderung ‘people pleaser‘ alias sahabat semua orang. Keluarga masing-masing pun tak kalah kompleks. Orangtua Ira  representasi keluarga modern –dingin, emotionally detached sedangkan orangtua Abby yg traditionally happy-go-lucky. Kelucuan, kebingungan dan kekikukan campur aduk mengiringi serentetan kejadian seperti Ibu Ira yg tidak terduga mulai menjalin affair dengan Ayah Abby, kemunculan mantan-mantan pacar, serta puluhan sesi konsultasi pernikahan dengan psikiater yg berbeda-beda.  Pada akhirnya Ira & Abby mesti kembali mempertanyakan makna relationship dan komitmen dalam pernikahan mereka.

‘Ira & Abby’ berhasil dikemas dalam alur komedi yg cerdas dan dialog yg menggelitik, khususnya terkait topik relationship yg cukup ‘menyentil’. Karakter-karakternya pun amat lovable –Abby, misalnya, mengingatkan saya akan Phoebe dalam serial Friends. Judith Light yg memerankan Arlene Black sudah cukup dikenal disini lewat Claire Meade dari serial Ugly Betty. Nampaknya perannya memang stereotipe nyonya kaya yg sedikit angkuh, hehe. Keunggulan ‘Ira & Abby’ pun terletak pada endingnya yg bisa dibilang memberi pandangan baru akan  ‘akhir yg bahagia pada film komedi romantis’. Well, i couldn’t possibly spoil it here, could i? :p. Go grab em and watch!

If you’re enjoying ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Away We Go’ and ‘Adam’, you WILL love Ira & Abby!   9/10

Arlene Black: [Of her 33-year marriage] You two need to know the truth. It’s no picnic!
Abby Willoughby: Were you in love in the beginning?
Arlene Black: [simultaneously] No.
Seymour Black: [simultaneously] Not so much.
Ira Black: [unnerved] I thought you were madly in love.
Arlene Black: That’s what we told you when you were younger. It was a good story, it made you happy.
Ira Black: You were never in love? That’s… that’s depressing!
Seymour Black: That’s why we didn’t tell you.
Arlene Black: You learn to love. You *learn* to love, because you’re *stuck* with each other.
Seymour Black: Well, not stuck. Um – *hinged*. Hinged! You’re hinged together, so that you can still move a little, but at the end of the day, you’re always together, through good and bad.
Abby Willoughby: Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s *very* bad.
Seymour Black: Hasn’t been so bad, Arl.
Arlene Black: It’s been bad, Sy. Trust me, Abby.

Ira Black: Honey, you make friends with *everyone*. With muggers, and killers, and strangers on the street. You’d make friends with Hitler if he came in for a tour

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