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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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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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A lesson in love for non-believers. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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18 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Enamórate  »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,809,960 (USA) (18 July 2003)

Gross:

$61,305 (South Africa) (23 January 2004)
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Last cinema film of Nina Foch. See more »

Goofs

When Halley and Ashley are at Len and Lorna's place, when Len first takes a glass of champagne, he is not wearing a wedding ring. In the next shot, Len is holding the glass of champagne, wearing a wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

Macon: When I ask you to go out with me this Friday night you're gonna think you're the one asking me because you're gonna say 'yes Macon, I would love to go out with you because I know we'll have a totally great time together. In fact, I'd been hoping you'd ask me all week.'
Halley: You wanna go out on a date with me?
Macon: See, I told you you'd ask me.
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Featured in Inside/Out: Mandy Moore Profile (2004) See more »

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Wild World
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Performed by Beth Orton
Courtesy of Heavenly Recordings/Astralwerks/Capitol Records
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struggles between quirky indie and traditional teen movie
7 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Halley Martin (Mandy Moore) is a high school student disillusioned with love. She rolls her eyes at her sister Ashley getting married. Her mother Lydia (Allison Janney) is unhappily divorced from her DJ father (Peter Gallagher) who is getting remarried. Her best friend Scarlett Smith (Alexandra Holden) is happily in love until her boyfriend Michael suddenly dies. She's reluctantly to love until Macon Forrester (Trent Ford) finally breaks down her defenses. Scarlett finds out that she's pregnant. Lydia starts dating Steve Beckwith (Dylan Baker).

This starts off as a pretty lame teen rom-com. When it takes an unexpected turn, the movie feels like it's ready to make a honest effort. It keeps trying but the lame teen rom-com continues to reappear. Trent Ford is not capable enough to be the lead. Mandy Moore needs a better partner who is deeper than some floppy hair. It's a struggle between a quirky indie and a more traditional teen movie. There is enough to make a passable movie. Allison Janney is a fun presence. The movie takes a few too many melodramatic turns. It doesn't all work but enough of it does.


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