How to Deal (2003)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 67
Soap opera for teens.
Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26
Soap opera for teens.
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 48,659
Teen pop star Mandy Moore stars in the romantic comedy How to Deal. Directed by British filmmaker Clare Kilner, the script is based on two of author Sarah Dessen's popular teen novels: Someone Like You and That Summer. Halley (Moore) is a teenager trying to make sense of the faltering romantic relationships within her immediate social sphere. Her mother, Lydia (Allison Janney), can't seem get a date, while her father (Peter Gallagher) is getting remarried to a woman that nobody seems to like.
Jul 18, 2003 Wide
Jun 1, 2004
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The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.
I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exception.
After a while the bad lighting, graceless editing, sluggish dialogue and self-conscious performances begin to seem like marks of authenticity, as if the movie had been made not just for and about teenagers, but by them.
A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.
Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.
Fails to acknowledge the real problems teenagers face.
Will enthral pre-teen chippies with its wholesome, marshmallow-peep-sweet vacuous-ness.
[T]his is a movie that teenage girls -- and nearly no one else -- should enjoy.
In delivering its message of teen perseverence, How to Deal piles on "issues" without finding a reasonable connective narrative.
Overcrowded with characters and subplots, the film gives short shrift to the parts that should matter.
How To Deal eventually folds because it stacks its deck against a true belief in the possibility of love. . .
Would probably hold a special place in my heart regardless, due to the fact that it portrays a Star Wars geek as actually desirable, but this is a good movie by any standard.
How to Deal is about dealing, I guess; I mean, that's what the title says after all.
In its non-hysterical depiction of the fog of personal relationship wars, the movie gently makes the point that, yeah, it really is a wild world out there.
Lacking both energy and pacing, it drifts like a driverless boat on a placid lake.
It has more indigestible plot contrivances than a Claxton fruit cake has raisins, but at bottom it's not insultingly facile and it's moderately entertaining within its own soapy aims.
The whole film shamelessly panders to spoiled adolescents who think they know everything.
Imagine Sixteen Candles as re-written by Britney Spears or Ghost World as re-written by Lizzie McGuire.
Death. Accidents. Drug abuse by the elderly. Divorce. And that's all within the first 45 minutes.
Audience Reviews for How to Deal
- Macon: You're gonna let this slide, because it's only the first day, it was an honest mistake, and the fire got put out as quickly as it was started.
- Macon: Hey, I'm back.
- Halley: You really don't get it, do you? And I don't wanna wait for you to grow up.
- Halley: Oh, Macon, I think I like you too much already to actually go out with you.
- Macon: What kinda 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.
- Macon: You're afraid to go out with me because you might actually like me?
- Halley: No... but that's a good theory I guess if you wanna protect your fragile male ego because you can't handle rejection.
- Halley: I imagine Star Wars figurines must be expensive.
- Macon: I don't have Star Wars figurines... well, not many. But I don't play with them... much.
- Grandmas Halley: First loves are near really over. Nobody's perfect, sweetheart. But it doesn't mean it wasn't worth your while.
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