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How to Deal (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 July 2003 (USA)
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A teenager (Moore), disillusioned by too many examples of love gone wrong, refuses to believe that true love exists. Then this new guy (Ford) comes along...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Beckwith
Lewis Warsher
Ashley Martin
Sonja Smits ...
Carol Warsher
Laura Catalano ...
Donald Sherwood
Buck Warsher
Alison MacLeod ...
Sharon Sherwood


Halley is a young high school student who is disillusioned with love after seeing the many dysfunctional relationships around her. Her parents are now divorced and her father has a new young girlfriend she doesn't care for too much. Her mother is now always alone; and her sister is so overwhelmed by her upcoming wedding that she barely leaves the house anymore. On top of that, the shallowness of all the girls and guys at her school convinces Halley that finding true love is impossible. A tragic accident, however, leads her to meeting Macon, and suddenly Halley finds that true love can occur under unusual circumstances. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enamórate  »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,809,960, 20 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,108,518, 10 August 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mandy Moore cut her hair short because she felt it suited the role; the movie producers weren't happy about it. In the end they compromised and had her wear hair extension for some of the movie and then have her having her hair cut put into the film. See more »


Halley changes into a skirt before leaving for the Warsher's house, but when they're walking up to the door you can see her wearing pants from behind. Once inside, she's wearing a skirt again. See more »


Macon: Dun, Dun, Dun. Stand back. Leaf man to the rescue.
Halley: Where did you get that?
Macon: Well you know a guy's gotta pay for gas and bacon burgers somehow right?
Halley: And toys because I imagine star wars figurines must get pretty expensive.
Macon: I do not have any star wars figurines... well... not many. And I don't play with them... much
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Everything but the kitchen sink is thrown in the mix, but Moore is terrific
17 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

How to Deal (2003) Cynical seventeen-year-old Mandy Moore has seen love gone wrong too many times in her own family that she refuses to believe it exists in her when a boy (Trent Ford) takes interest. Unlike a high-school-movie-of-the-week, this is a surprisingly thoughtful, sometimes contrived film that takes concern to serious teen issues, but it tries to deal with too much at once. Moore turns in another unaffected, appealing performance, and Allison Janney is a winner as Moore's divorced mother. Based on the young adult novels Someone Like You and That Summer by Sarah Dessen. Running Time: 101 minutes and rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language, and some thematic elements. ** ½

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