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How to Deal -- Mandy Moore stars as Halley, a young hip high school student who believes that love will never happen to her. All seems lost until she meets a boy who shows her what love is all about.
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Writers (WGA):
Sarah Dessen (novels)
Neena Beber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 July 2003 (USA) See more »
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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... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mandy Moore ... Halley Martin

Allison Janney ... Lydia Martin

Trent Ford ... Macon Forrester

Alexandra Holden ... Scarlett Smith

Dylan Baker ... Steve Beckwith

Nina Foch ... Grandma Halley

Mackenzie Astin ... Lewis Warsher

Connie Ray ... Marion Smith

Mary Catherine Garrison ... Ashley Martin
Sonja Smits ... Carol Warsher
Laura Catalano ... Lorna Queen

Ray Kahnert ... Donald Sherwood

Andrew Gillies ... Buck Warsher

John White ... Michael Sherwood
Alison MacLeod ... Sharon Sherwood

Bill Lake ... Ed

Charlotte Sullivan ... Elizabeth Gunderson
Philip Akin ... Mr. Bowden
Claire Crawford ... Seamstress

Ennis Esmer ... Ronnie

Thomas Hauff ... Minister
Darryl Pring ... Big Burly Guy

Patrice Goodman ... Carla
Audrey Gardiner ... Ginny Tabor

Jayne Eastwood ... Mrs. Toussaint
Judi Croon ... Reporter (as Judy Croon)
Sandi Ross ... Marcella
Gabrielle Ashry ... Dixie Cup Girl
Dana Reznik ... ER Nurse
Darrin Brown ... Steely Dan Fan
Darrell Hicks ... Soccer Coach (as Darrell Jordan Hicks)

Jon Hyatt ... Skanky Guy
François Klanfer ... Guest
Sharlene Yuen ... Female Fan

Jeff White ... Die-Hard Fan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Gallagher ... Len Martin (uncredited)

Inna Korobkina ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
Clare Kilner 
Writing credits
Sarah Dessen (novels "Someone Like You" and "That Summer")

Neena Beber (screenplay)

Produced by
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Mathew Hart .... co-producer
Erica Huggins .... producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
David Linde .... executive producer
Sharon Seto .... field producer: EPK
Stephanie Striegel .... co-producer
William Teitler .... producer
Chris Van Allsburg .... executive producer
Michele Weiss .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Kitay 
Cinematography by
Eric Alan Edwards 
Film Editing by
Shawna Callahan 
Janice Hampton 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Dan Davis 
Art Direction by
Andrew M. Stearn 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Welker 
Makeup Department
Heidi Armstrong .... makeup artist (as Heidi Da Costa)
Sylvain Cournoyer .... makeup artist
Lydia Pensa .... assistant head of hair department
Production Management
Mathew Hart .... unit production manager
Diana Lui .... production supervisor: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director
Marco Black .... first assistant director
Darrin Brown .... third assistant director
Penny Charter .... second assistant director
Raymond J. Duff .... assistant director
Janet Zdyb .... third assistant director
Art Department
Carlos Caneca .... assistant set decorator
Beth Gilinsky .... art department coordinator
Rob McCallum .... storyboard artist
Linda McKenney .... daily set dresser
Jeffrey A. Melvin .... assistant property master
Steven Samanen .... graphic designer: reshoots
Toni Wong .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... sound mixer: additional photography
Robert Carr .... sound recordist
Paul Curtis .... supervising sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Henry Embry .... production sound mixer
David Esparza .... sound editor
David Hadder .... boom operator (as Dave Hadder)
Amy Hammer .... mix facility coordinator
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Mario A. Vitale .... first assistant sound editor
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects coordinator
Mark Rice .... key special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: iO FILM
Chris Ervin .... digital compositor
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Darrell Hicks .... stunt coordinator
Steve Lucescu .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Anthony .... video assist operator
Pierre Berube .... best boy rigging electric
Sam Bojin .... best boy electric (as Samuel Bojin)
Russel Bowie .... a camera
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... additional camera assistant
Carson T. Foster .... grip
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "a" camera
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Mandy Kane .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Robyn Link .... camera loader: additional unit
Mark Manchester .... key grip
Anthony Nocera .... video assist operator
Danny Piva .... electrician
Davidson Tate .... rigging gaffer
Shai Vera .... electrician
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Jessica Daniels .... casting assistant
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Canada
Aaron Unrau .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Alvarez .... wardrobe
Steffany Bernstein .... costume supervisor: re-shoots
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Diane Brunjes .... assistant editor
Matt Cluett .... trainee assistant editor
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor: Canada
Jason Solberg .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Music Department
Bob Bowen .... music executive
Jon Leshay .... music supervisor
Lise Richardson .... music editor
Skye Sweetnam .... composer: song "Billy S"
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
William Levine .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... picture car captain
Tim Hilts .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Ireland .... head driver
Eli Lozano .... driver
Sandra Ninham .... transportation captain
Other crew
Kate Abernathy .... assistant: Mr. Linde
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
Allison Bergstrand .... assistant: Mr. Field
David M. Chisholm .... assistant production coordinator
Ken Dhaliwal .... finance legal
Tracy Fedak .... second assistant accountant
Wendy Gaboury .... key accountant
Steven Gorel .... publicity intern
Matt Graver .... assistant location manager
Morgan Hunwicks .... production secretary
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Lisa Kojola .... assistant: Mr. Teitler
Theresa Larche .... assistant: Ms. Kilner
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager: additional photography
Dahla MacKenna .... stand-in
Ron MacKenzie .... location production assistant
Vair Macphee .... production coordinator
James E. Mastroianni .... production secretary
M. Adrian Monroe .... assistant: Ms. Huggins
Tim Owen .... assistant location manager
Golan Ramras .... production assistant
Kerry Ann Redmond .... first assistant accountant
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Wonder Fortune Serra .... assistant: Mr. Kroopf
Todd Shannon Jr. .... water safety
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety
Chris Shaw .... assistant location manager
Michelle K. Smith .... production assistant
Vess Stoeva .... accounting assistant
Ryan Tighe .... additional production assistant: additional photography
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Mandy Moore
Suzanne Welch .... assistant: Mr. Field
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements
Philippines:99 min | USA:101 min | Argentina:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: After Halley runs out on Macon at the New Year's party, she runs through the snow, as she goes, you can see her foot catch on the fake snow, pulling up one of the fluffy sheets.See more »
Halley:Oh my god, no, no, no, I can not believe I didn't tell you this. The bimbo almost died of strangulation. Her wedding veil took on a life of its own and rebelled, and she had to like claw her way out and you know that woman could claw mom. It was so sad it was like, near death by wedding veil. So tragic isn't it?See more »
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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014)See more »
That's When I Love YouSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's true, it's bad, 5 May 2004
Author: mgriego007 from United States

How to Deal is not a good movie. It's a stab at a more adult and grown up teenage film and while it doesn't suffer from bad acting, it does suffer from a horribly written script and what is most likely apathetic directing.

Mandy Moore is a decent actress, not great, but decent, and aside from Peter Gallagher, she isn't put up against too many big names, so she holds her own. The problem is that all of these actors are trapped inside a poorly written movie. There are too many specific instances where this film just doesn't cut it. It boils down to this, Mandy's character has to deal with her parents divorce, her sister's wedding, her father's remarrying, her best friend getting pregnant with her deceased boyfriend's baby (it's not what it sounds like), and the fact that despite her misgivings about love, falling in love with the high school clown named Macon. Yes, his name is Macon. The point is there is way too much going on and the movie does not adequately set up any of these events. At one point Haley (Mandy Moore's character) blows up over her Mom not believing that she could remember the last time Haley's comet passed by. She claims no one believes her when she tells people how she feels. Unfortunately, we never see anyone not believing her in the film and it seems more like the director told Mandy to blow up and get angry in this scene without telling her why. Other problems include a random car crash into a tree head on that leaves a Honda Civic hatchback with nothing but a cracked windshield. It leads to laughter it what is supposed to become an emotional scene. There are a few funny moments, but not many. Allison Janney as Mandy Moore's mother is quirky but not funny although she has the only laughs in the movie.

There is just too much wrong with this movie for anything to be right. It has no real point or plot, the acting is mediocre, and you will laugh at parts that are supposed to be dramatic. I can't think of anything good to say at this point, so I probably should say nothing at all.

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