How to Deal

2003

How to Deal

Critics Consensus

Soap opera for teens.

27%

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Total Count: 95

64%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 48,749
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Movie Info

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. Halley's wedding-obsessed sister, Ashley (Mary Catherine Garrison), is engaged to Lewis (MacKenzie Astin), a guy that is completely wrong for her. Meanwhile, bad boy Macon Forrester (Trent Ford) won't leave Halley alone. Just when she decides to become cynical about love because of all the romantic disappointments around her, a troubled situation involving her best friend Scarlett (Alexandra Holden) changes her outlook.

Cast

Mandy Moore
as Halley Martin
Allison Janney
as Lydia Martin
Trent Ford
as Macon Forrester
Alexandra Holden
as Scarlett Smith
Dylan Baker
as Steve Beckwith
Nina Foch
as Grandma Halley
Mackenzie Astin
as Lewis Warsher
Connie Ray
as Marion Smith
Sonja Smits
as Carol Warsher
Peter Gallagher
as Len Martin
Laura Catalano
as Lorna Queen
Ray Kahnert
as Donald Sherwood
Andrew Gillies
as Buck Warsher
John White
as Michael Sherwood
Alison MacLeod
as Sharon Sherwood
Charlotte Sullivan
as Elizabeth Gunderson
Philip Akin
as Mr.Bowden
Claire Crawford
as Seamstress
Enis Esmer
as Ronnie
Thomas Hauff
as Minister
Darryl Pring
as Big Burly Guy
Audrey Gardiner
as Ginny Tabor
Jayne Eastwood
as Mrs.Toussaint
Judy Croon
as Reporter
Sandi Ross
as Marcella
Gabrielle Ashry
as Dixie Cup Girl
Darrin Brown
as Steely Dan Fan
Jon Hyatt
as Skanky Guy
Sharlene Yuen
as Female Fan
Jeff White
as Die-Hard Fan
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Critic Reviews for How to Deal

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Audience Reviews for How to Deal

  • Jun 12, 2010
    I guess this is a chick flick, but I enjoyed it. Poor Halley suffers through her parents getting divorced, her best friend getting pregnant, her grandmother moving in - all at the age of 17. Because of all these failed relationships, she decides no love affairs for her, but of course fate has another plan for her.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2009
    The problem is learning 'How to Deal" with mandy Moore and her problem with trying to overact, and how she can nver bring that emotion required for that specific scene.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2008
    This proves that Moore doesn't just have a golden voice; she deals with her acting career with ease.
  • Aug 15, 2008
    If you like teens series, this one is for you! heck, when i was watching i can't stop thinking this is a teens series wrapped up in one movie! Based on novel, it gives a decent plot. How people can fear falling in love, sounds weird? i had experienced it (Cliche, i know!) and hell other basic teens tragic! Mandy Moore, sizzling with that short hair, she acts good, as usual. other blah, ok. Don't get annoyed of the guy in this movie, not meaning to sound harsh, but i can't stand his long hair.. it makes me wanna scream, 'Cut your fucking hair MORON!'... am i alone? :P 6/10.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer

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