How to Deal (2003)
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as Halley Martin
as Lydia Martin
as Macon Forrester
as Scarlett Smith
as Steve Beckwith
as Grandma Halley
as Lewis Warsher
as Marion Smith
as Ashley Martin
as Carol Warsher
as Len Martin
as Lorna Queen
as Donald Sherwood
as Buck Warsher
as Michael Sherwood
as Sharon Sherwood
as Elizabeth Gunderson
as Big Burly Guy
as Ginny Tabor
as Dixie Cup Girl
as Steely Dan Fan
as Soccer Coach
as Skanky Guy
as Female Fan
as Die-Hard Fan
Critic Reviews for How to Deal
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.
Audience Reviews for How to Deal
Nice little teen movie featuring a younger Mandy Moore. I actually upped my rating half a star after a recent re watch. I can remember when I first bought this I found it so-so, but actually I think that was harsh. Yes, it's a little too cute, but some very real issues are dealt with here such as parents breaking up, first love, and teen pregnancy. The cast are all just lovely. Alexandra Holden is quite an underrated actress, and I liked the guy who plays Mandy's boyfriend (not sure who he was). Mandy's character, Halley is very spiky and strong for a teen movie. A nice change from the usual. Enjoyable. Vastly better than many teen movies I have seen. Not bad soundtrack too.
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.
Uhhhh, Mandy Moore is cute with short hair.
How to Deal Quotes
|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.|
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