How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series)
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Mandy Moore stars as Halley, a young hip high school student who believes that love will never happen to her and that her life is a mess. Her father is marrying a woman she can't stand, her mother is alone, her sister's wedding plans are taking over her life and her friends at school only care about cheerleading and football. All seems lost until she meets a boy who shows her what love is all about.]]>
- 4 deleted scenes
- Cast/director commentary
- 4 featurettes: "Moore" on Mandy, "Macon" Trent, To Be "Clare," and "How to Deal" with Y.A. Literature
- 2 music videos
- DVD-ROM content
Top Customer Reviews
Mandy Moore (marry me?) is Halley Martin, a teenage girl who refuses to believe that true love exists (like me). Her best pal does but is heartbroken when her boyfriend drops dead on the football field of a heart defect (err...like me). Halley's parents have split and found others, her sister is engaged to some guy and all they do is argue. It seems like the best way to deal with love is to avoid it.
All that changes when Halley meets Macon (stupid name) a geeky Star Wars nerd. He seems like a dweeb at first but his character grows on you, as he does Halley. He's played by Trent Ford and on the cover he's wearing a white vest and is marketed as a sexually neutral, non-threatening pretty boy (Orlando Bloom, Justin Timberlake etc) but that ain't him or his character at all and he never appears in a vest at any point in the movie. I expected to hate him just because of the cover but that ain't so. In the course of her steadily strengthening relationship with Macon (really, what a stupid name!) Halley learns how to deal with teen pregnancy, being a bridesmaid, her dope-smoking grandmother, car crashes, stepmoms, stepdads etc. Stuff that every kid learns. Real kids, not the kids that make love to pastries or live in mansions, which are the only 2 types of kids Hollywood thinks exist.
Taken from 2 separate novels by Sarah Dessen called 'Someone Like You' and 'That Summer' it's possible that How to Deal might have a sequel.Read more ›
I have watched it more than once and alwasy notice something new that I love about it.
Mandy Moore is at the brink of her peak of acting! This movie proves what a talented young lady she truly is! She's likable from the first few moments of the movie and her character Halley is someone many teenage girls can relate to.This movie deals with issues that every teenage girl should be able to say "Yeah I remeber that" or "I'm going through that too." It's great for teenagers.
I know I also have a special spot for this film because I loved the book and the similarities are amazing. If you have seen this film and want to get a more in depth look try looking for Sarah Dessen's "Someone Like You" and "That Summer." Or try the "How to Deal" book that combines the both of them.Either way this movie should be given a try.
The extras on this DVD are excellent. The music videos are great, the deleted scenes are good, and the actors segments talking about their characters add even more to the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I remember loving this movie as a teenager. It's just not the same now (15 years later). That being said, teens will probably appreciate this movie for what it's worth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by utopiascheme
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