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How to Deal (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 July 2003 (USA)
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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Grandma Halley
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Lewis Warsher
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Ashley Martin
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Lorna Queen
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Donald Sherwood
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Buck Warsher
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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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$14,108,518 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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Last cinema film of Nina Foch. See more »

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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 »

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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 Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »

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On & On
Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
Under license from Spirit Music Group, Inc.
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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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