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How to Deal (2003)

PG-13 | | 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...

Director:

Clare Kilner

Writers:

Sarah Dessen (novels), Nena Beeber (screenplay) (as Neena Beber)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Laura Catalano ... Lorna Queen
Ray Kahnert ... Donald Sherwood
Andrew Gillies ... Buck Warsher
John White ... Michael Sherwood
Alison MacLeod Alison MacLeod ... Sharon Sherwood
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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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Taglines:

A lesson in love for non-believers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enamórate See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,809,960, 20 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,108,518, 10 August 2003
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Lydia is in the kitchen ranting about her ex-husband, she is chopping carrots. The shot cuts away then cuts back to show her chopping the top off a zucchini. But, when the scene cuts away and back again, she is chopping the carrots again. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Thinking About Tomorrow
Written by Beth Orton, Ted Barnes, Sebastian Steinberg and Sean Read
Performed by Beth Orton
Courtesy of Heavenly Recordings/Astralwerks/Capitol Records
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struggles between quirky indie and traditional teen movie
7 September 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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