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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
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 Robb .... assistant editor (as Diane Brunjes)
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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Last cinema film of Nina Foch.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the family is on their way back from dinner at Ashley's future in-laws', Lydia agrees with what Ashley is saying, but in the screen change, her lips don't match to what she's saying.See more »
[Michael is shopping around for a card for Scarlett with the "assistance" of Macon]
Macon Forrester:[reading a card] Let me count the ways that this card can be used to induce... nausea, gastric distress, vomiting.
Michael Sherwood:Yeah, go ahead and mock me, but this is serious. I need to find something funny and something sweet - just the way Scarlett is. Remember that time I got her...
Macon Forrester:Okay. Look, here's one.
Michael Sherwood:Not helping.
[Macon starts reading a card]
Macon Forrester:"From small beginnings come great things."
[Michael grabs the card, finishes reading it and looks up, unamused]
Michael Sherwood:"Congratulations on your new baby." I thought you were gonna help.
Macon Forrester:Oh come on, lighten up, Sherwood.
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30 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
It's NOT a romantic comedy, 5 March 2005
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

New Line has sold this movie short and filed it as a Romantic Comedy but I must stress it is not. It's a teen drama with some romance and humor. Think of it as a teen version of American Beauty. Though it's all rather light, How to Deal does have some seriousness and important parts.

Mandy Moore (marry me?) is Halley Martin, a teenage girl who refuses to believe that true love exists (like me). Her best pal does but is heartbroken when her boyfriend drops dead on the football field of a heart defect ( me). Halley's parents have split and found others, her sister is engaged to some guy and all they do is argue. It seems like the best way to deal with love is to avoid it.

All that changes when Halley meets Macon (stupid name) a geeky Star Wars nerd. He seems like a dweeb at first but his character grows on you, as he does Halley. He's played by Trent Ford and on the cover he's wearing a white vest and is marketed as a sexually neutral, non-threatening pretty boy (Orlando Bloom, Justin Timberlake etc) but that ain't him or his character at all and he never appears in a vest at any point in the movie. I expected to hate him just because of the cover but that ain't so. In the course of her steadily strengthening relationship with Macom (really, what a stupid name!) Halley learns how to deal with teen pregnancy, being a bridesmaid, her dope-smoking grandmother, car crashes, stepmoms, stepdads etc. Stuff that every kid learns. Real kids, not the kids that make love to pastries or live in mansions, which are the only 2 types of kids Hollywood thinks exist.

Taken from 2 separate novels by Sarah Dessen called 'Someone Like You' and 'That Summer' it's possible that How to Deal might have a sequel. And if it does its literary roots guarantee it will a better sequel than most.

I recommend How to Deal for anyone who is sick to death of endless American Pie clones or Harold and Kumar or Maid in Manhatten/Laws of Attraction/Two Weeks Notice/Sweet Home Alabama/blah blah blah. It's not a romantic comedy, not by a long shot. It's far more realistic than that and it doesn't insult your intelligence. Give it a go.

The DVD is in great-looking 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby 5.1 sound. The extras are actually quite good for a change, one of them focusing on Young Adult Literature and it's definitely a good DVD for the price.

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