How to Deal Reviews
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.
April 30th 2013
The only reasoning I can find for why the critics hated this movie, is because almost none of them had to deal with any serious parental challenges, and none had the empathy to relate to those who did.
How To Deal is one of the more inspirational movies I have seen, and having fairly recently emancipated myself from a similar situation, I think it accurately, elegantly, and powerfully expresses the drama of teen angst and broken families quite well, offering a beautiful message of hope at the end. Particularly as a Teen slice-of-life romantic movie, this film was fantastic!
George could not deal.