RECOMMENDED: IRA & ABBY
One of the highlights of my filmgoing year so far was a press screening of the romantic comedy Ira & Abby. I barely knew anything about it...and I had low-to-no expectations...and I didn't like it at first...but it totally won me over. I love when that happens! Anyway, it's a rare find for a mainstream movie—it's clever and thoroughly directed (by Robert Cary), with thoughtful and inspired writing and acting and casting.
Speaking of writing and acting and casting: The movie stars its writer, Jennifer Westfeldt (pictured), whose performance melds the winsome appeal of Renée Zellweger with the too-good-to-be-true allure of Rebecca De Mornay c. Risky Business.
Give it a go and let me know what you think, okay?