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How to Deal (2003)

 -  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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Storyline

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:

$61,305 (South Africa) (23 January 2004)

Gross:

$61,305 (South Africa) (23 January 2004)
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Is a combination of the Sarah Dessen novels "Someone like You" and "That Summer" See more »

Goofs

When Lydia is in the kitchen ranting about her ex-husband, she is chopping carrots. The shot cuts away then cuts back to show her chopping the top off a zucchini. But, when the scene cuts away and back again, she is chopping the carrots again. See more »

Quotes

Macon: If you are ready to jump, I will be here to catch you.
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Featured in Inside/Out: Mandy Moore Profile (2004) See more »

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It's on the Rocks
Written by M. Ford, A. Robertson, B. Anderson and T. Castellano
Performed by The Donnas
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A pleasant surprise
8 July 2004 | by (california) – See all my reviews

I almost considered passing up watching this one, but I'm glad I didn't. This movie has all the hallmarks of a bad afterschool special, actually four or five of them smashed together. But just when you think it's about to fall off a cliff of cliches, something unexpectedly intelligent happens. Just when it's about to turn into a tear-jerker, the director puts her camera, almost joyfully, above the rain to show everyone shielding themselves with the church program. Just when you think it's going to turn into a soppy love story, the characters flee from each other, scared out of their minds at the possibility. Just when you think it's going to be a soap opera, Mandy Moore acts her way out of the paper bag that people seem to pigeon-hole her into. You get the idea.

The actors all do well, especially Allison Janney, who puts a real edge to a role that could have easily been mush. I must admit, though, Peter Gallagher, usually a reliable guy, doesn't do much with his aging hipster role. The real joy here is Moore. She's got just enough stuff to hook you into the story, and she's just raw enough that she'll make you believe. And, yeah, the dialogue is corny here and there, but not outrageously so. I have to hand it to the director to keep everyone loose enough to pull off some of these lines, and to make the shots interesting enough for us to care what happens when they do.

The plot, which does have its convolutions and weird devices, is not nearly as interesting as Halley's growth as a character. It's basically a character piece wrapped in a teen romance. And Moore brings it all together.


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