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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
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Steffany Bernstein Pratt .... costume supervisor: re-shoots (as Steffany Bernstein)
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
Location Management
Matt Graver .... assistant location manager
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager
Scott Allen Logan .... location manager: additional photography
Ron MacKenzie .... location production assistant
Tim Owen .... assistant location manager
Chris Shaw .... assistant location manager
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
Morgan Hunwicks .... production secretary
Lisa Kojola .... assistant: Mr. Teitler
Theresa Larche .... assistant: Ms. Kilner
Dahla MacKenna .... stand-in
Vair Macphee .... production coordinator
James E. Mastroianni .... production secretary
M. Adrian Monroe .... assistant: Ms. Huggins
Golan Ramraz .... production assistant (as Golan Ramras)
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
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?

Last cinema film of Nina Foch.See more »
Continuity: When Halley is sitting with her grandmother on the bench in the backyard, the grandmother's right arm is around Halley's shoulder. The grandmother's hand jumps from 'cupping' her shoulder to hanging straight down in front of it to 'cupping' it again, depending on the shot.See more »
Halley:Oh Macon, I think I like you too much already to actually go out with you.
Macon:What kind of logic is that?
Halley:It's logical logic. Haven't you ever noticed that when two members of the opposite sex get together eventually someone ends up getting hurt?
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That's When I Love YouSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Nearly perfect for everything it tries to accomplish!, 4 August 2003
Author: WillCNixonJR from San Antonio, Texas

How To Deal was a movie that I, even as a guy highly anticipated long before it's release. With a well-selected and not over-done cast and a promising trailer, I looked forward to seeing Mandy Moore's second leading role in a film. Her performance in A Walk to Remember was excellent reguardless of the fact it was her debut. Allison Janney is another actress I respect, ever since her small role as the grouchy secretary in 10 Things I Hate About You. Her role did not require as much "involvement" as Mandy's and Trent's, but she did well and contributed to this movie's good quality. Trent Ford was a debut and his acting was the bets in the whole movie. I also respect Alexandra Holden, probably the most, because unlike some young actresses like Hilary Duff, she is building up a slow, steady, solid foundation of experience and fame as she climbs up the Hollywood ladder of sucess. I think she will be a very big star by the end of the year.

Anyway, I personally found this to be one of the best movies in a long time. Yes, it was tacky, pervasive and thematic at many times with it's dismissed and glorified themes of teen sex, teen pregnancy and teen drug use but it conveyed itself in a way that has not been used as often lately and in a way that i truly enjoyed.

I don't know if it was the tone, cinematography, costumes, art direction, or a little bit of each which made How to Deal a pleasantly enjoyable movie. It just was in its feeling, that made me and others who enjoyed this movie forget about the abrupt and awkward wrap-up of the story towards the end.

The story is thick in sub-plots, characters, and their problems and relationships to others. This is what made it seem like a less of a thin movie than some may argue it was.

The plot was interesting and almost kept you on the edge of your seat as you watched Hally struggle and hoped things would work out for her.

This movie should have done much better and received better reviews than it did because it was quite a new experience that few appreciated. I give How to Deal an honest, generous 9/10

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