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How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series) (2003)

Mandy Moore , Allison Janney , Clare Kilner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mandy Moore, Allison Janney, Trent Ford, Alexandra Holden, Dylan Baker
  • Directors: Clare Kilner
  • Writers: Neena Beber
  • Producers: William Teitler, Erica Huggins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDRVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's NOT a romantic comedy March 5, 2005
New Line has sold this movie short and filed it as a Romantic Comedy but I must stress it is not. It's a teen drama with some romance and humor. Think of it as a teen version of American Beauty. Though it's all rather light, How to Deal does have some seriousness and important parts.

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 ( 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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie was good... December 3, 2004
When I heard that Mandy Moore was starring in this movie, I immediatey found more info about it. I liked the discription but I didn't get to see it a the theater. I got the DVD for Christmas and I really liked it. I think that Sarah Dessen's two books are better seperately (especially Someone Like You), but then I think that about every movie that's made from a book. Books just have bettter detail. Mandy's character was well portrayed; Halley acted basically like a normal teenager. I really felt like I could relate to her. Scarlett (Alexandra Holden) was in a position that lots of teenage girls are in, and I really liked the issues in this movie. It looked at teenage sex realistically and tells it like it is. The romantic parts were fun to watch. I really liked Halley and Macon (Trent Ford) together. I especially think this movie would be good to watch if you are trying to deal with divorce or any of the issues in this movie because people can relate so well to the situations. This is more of a chick flick, though, so I wouldn't reccomend this to many guys. It's a great movie for teenage girls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~Entertaining! Deals with Real Issues Teens go through ~ December 30, 2003
By Ashley
Ok. Ok. To the people that bashed and dissed this movie due to the movie "taking on too much at one time" I do agree to a certain point but the fact that this film deals with very real issues that are very serious issues cannot be denied. Also this movie is based on two books by Sarah Dessen and the film is VERY similar to the movie. But any matter, I LOVED this movie.
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.
Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing Plot saved by Strong Performances. December 14, 2003
How to Deal should change its name to How to cram every type of tragedy into 90 minutes. The film is pretty good, but scene after scene is another tradegy in Hallie Martins life. Theres a divorce, teen pregnancy, death, car accident, etc etc. This all happens in the first hour and it gets a little depressing. However, the last 20 minutes they try to cram as much good as possible into the film. This movie just doesnt know what it wants to be. With that said, the film is a winner based on the terrific performances from it's cast. Mandy Moore lights up the screen and gives a realistic, honest, and likebale portrayal of Hallie, even though her character has such a negative outlook on life and love. Trent Ford as Mekken, the love interest, also gives a likebale performance and he will be one to look out for in the future. Allison Janney, as Hallies Mom, is hysterical, and steals every scene she is in. Mandy and Allison have wonderful chemistry together. So if you can get past the depressing storyline, How to Deal is a real honest portratal of teenage life with remarkable performance.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Never got to watch
Published 25 days ago by Elizabeth Oakes
1.0 out of 5 stars amazon streaming is horrible
It would have been a fun movie to watch if it didn't keep cutting out . How can you vet into a movie when it keeps stopping. Amazon needs to get it's act together especially with. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Cute story. Wholesome. The acting is pretty good. The plot revolves around teenagers but there's none of the usual ridiculous shenanigans one normally sees in teenager based... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Transaction
I love this movie and I'm so glad I own it now. Very pleased with the price I paid. It was a simple transaction where the product arrived on time and as described. Thank you!
Published 7 months ago by Sofia Rosselet
4.0 out of 5 stars was a book first
This movie is the combination of two books from Sarah Dessen, "That Summer" and "Someone Like You". Read more
Published 10 months ago by Allenfarm
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Deal (New Line Platinum Series)
It is very good movie, we like it and DVD is good condition. Thank you and have a good day!
Published 13 months ago by Mai P. Pham
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandy-tastic!
I really enjoyed this chick-flick, and I hate chick flicks. I mean, with a passion. This is definitely one of Mandy Moore's best movies. It's very, very funny. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Precious Powder Puff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This movie is great! Mandy Moore always delivers in the movie she's in. It's a basic love story with some twists and turns along the way.
Published 17 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
This movie is based on Sara Dessen's Someone Like You book and it is fantastic! it's one of my favorites! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brittani Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars guilty pleasure
bad, teen, high school movies are my guilty pleasure. its bad acting but i always enjoy them. same ol story about the good girl and the bad boy. good movie though
Published 20 months ago by viv
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