How to Deal

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Released 2004

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Director:
Clare Kilner,
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
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. Starring Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember," "The Princess Diaries"), Trent Ford ("Gosford Park," "September Dawn"), Alexandra Holden (TV's "Friends," "The Hot Chick"), Golden Globe-winner Peter Gallagher ("Short Cuts," TV's "The O.C.") and Emmy-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Allison Janney (TV's "The West Wing," "Juno").

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Works up some genuine emotion offset by occasional humor and creates individuals of a certain degree of complexity, but the film is glazed over with an aura of artificiality.

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I watched the movie with interest, yes, but not emotional involvement, and my appreciation of Moore was based more on her essence than on her character.

  • 40

    Variety David Rooney

    A bland romance that suffers from choppy development, dramatic overload and dearth of personality.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    wine, Romantic Comedy