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Former Bronxville Writer Pens Comedy About Marriage, Monogamy

Tim McSpadden, creator of "Love a la Carte." Photo Credit: AzSnaps Photograph
Left to right: Chauna Mae of "Love a la Carte" with Creator Tim McSpadden, center, and Actress Kimber Leigh. Photo Credit: Tiphania Campbell Photography

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- There's always so much going on in the dating world, what with new apps, spin-offs of "The Bachelor" and the recent news about an Ashley Madison re-brand (the site, for those who don't know, is a dating site for cheaters) that it inspired Tim McSpadden, formerly of Bronxville, to write a movie.

"Love a la Carte," which he wrote in 2004 while working for WABC-TV, is a comedy about struggling monogamists keeping their marriage together, for better or worse, with the help of an online dating website.

The idea for the film came from an event he attended at Sarah Lawrence College while he was going through a divorce and struggling with questions about happiness, marriage and sex. "I wanted to see a film that said something to me about my life and the married people I knew. Something I never find in comic book films," he said.

From the moment when the first word was written in Bronxville to the last frame that was shot in Phoenix, AZ, where he lives now, took 10 years but McSpadden said the culture of dating in our mobile world remains the same.

The key take away from his movie, he stressed, is to put folks in touch with their marriages and relationships in an honest way. "'Love a la Carte' is a great movie to watch with your spouse, laugh and point fingers at the people involved and then thank the sweet Lord that their marital problems are theirs ... and not yours," he said.

It's also about having a discussion about why something you agreed to in your 20's is no longer working in your 40s. "Some people say marriage isn't successful until 'death do you part,'" said McSpadden. "I say don't wait for that, watch 'Love a la Carte' now and make your marriage better today."

"Love a la Carte," which played the market in Cannes and won “Best Comedy” from Independent Film Arizona, can be found on iTunes , Google Play , Vimeo and is free to subscribers of Amazon Instant Video . Go to for more information.

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