VOD Spotlight: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Yes, the world does have its serial monogamists. But for most of us, divorce and breakups aren’t easy. And for those out of the dating world for a decade or more, there are the uncertain and often inept attempts to reenter the social scene. That’s the position in which fortysomething Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) finds himself in the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. But soon he has help starting over from expert lothario Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).

Carell and Gosling play well together and have admiration for each other’s work. The script was written with Carell in mind (Carell also coproduced the film), but the need to find the perfect actor to play Jacob drew the producers to Gosling. “We didn’t necessarily associate Ryan with comedy,” says coproducer Denise Di Novi, who thought the dramatic elements in the story were perfect for the actor. “And then, of course, we realized how funny he is.”

As Jacob teaches Cal how to dress and how to pick up women, Cal’s adolescent son Robbie is also trying to attract the girl of his dreams. “I really liked the movie’s theme of true love, that there is a soulmate for every person no matter what,” Carell says. “The spirit of the story is very hopeful and very sweet.”

“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is available starting Nov. 1 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.

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