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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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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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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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Trivia

Last cinema film of Nina Foch. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, Halley and Macon are dancing in the hallway. Nurses are visible in the background, in the next shot, they disappear. See more »

Quotes

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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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Take the Long Road and Walk It
Written by Adam Nutter, Philip Jordan, Stuart Coleman, Robert Harvey
Performed by The Music
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Accept it on its own terms and don't expect "American Beauty"
14 February 2004 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

The bright primary colors in which the plot, dialog and characters of this movie are cast gives it away early on: this is a cross between a soap opera and a sitcom, made purely to entertain. As such, it's actually pretty good.

Mandy Moore is adorable. She seems to be learning how to act as she goes along, but isn't that how most of them did it? Give her a few more years and some better scripts to work with and she could be a major star.

The real problem is that for the movie's target audience of middle-class suburban white teenagers it's positively overflowing with groaners -- embarrassing "banter" between the kids, cartoonish characters (idiotic philandering husbands, evil boy-stealing girlfriends), and a preposterous storyline. My own teenage daughter and her friends thought How to Deal was, and I quote, "stupid." But for us middle-aged parents nostalgic for a time in their lives they've almost completely forgotten, it really isn't that bad. Give it a chance.


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