How to Deal | Full Movie

How to Deal
  • PG-13
  • 1h 41m
  • 2003
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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.
© 2003 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Soap opera for teens.
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers

The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exce...

June 17, 2017
San Francisco Examiner
Christy Lemire

June 17, 2017
New York Times
A.O. Scott

After a while the bad lighting, graceless editing, sluggish dialogue and self-conscious performanc...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some strong language, and teen smoking and drinking. The grandmother's use of marijuana is portrayed as humorous. Halley's friend and her boyfriend have sex and she becomes pregnant. Halley begins to have sex with her boyfriend, but then stops because she says she does not want to care too much about him. Halley's sister comes home drunk from a bachelorette party with a male stripper's underwear around her neck.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Romance
  • Release Date:July 18, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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