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Halley, a young high school student is disillusioned with love after seeing the many dysfunctional relationships around her. But when a tragic event in her life leads to a romantic encounter with a young man, Halley realizes the possibility of true love can sometimes lie in the most unconventional of places.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 3 S-words, 1 A-word. Just a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: Some fooling around and implied sexual activity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drunkenness and marijuana smoking (by old lady). ACTION: None COMEDY: Contains some very funny scenes. Several are laugh-out-loud funny.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Certainly not the best opinions I've ever seen. The movies target audience of teen and twentysomething females rated it quite high and they are really the main ones that count anyway. For them I can certainly recommend How To Deal. I'm certain the vast majority of them will enjoy it very much.
Adult females aren't too far behind the younger females. Their opinions were much more in the average to slightly above average range. So this would make a good mother daughter bonding movie.
As for the guys, the younger ones rated it about like the adult females, which is fairly good. There weren't really enough male opinions to get an accurate gauge. I would say you could probably bring your male friend to see this movie without too much worry, but it would have to be a guy that tends to enjoy these types of movies.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) Ladies, this movie's for you. All ages should enjoy it, but it will likely find its biggest audience with teens. I don't feel that many females will love How To Deal, because there's nothing especially unique of moving about the story, but I do feel nearly all females will be sufficiently entertained.
Now for the guys. I'm a guy (but certainly not a teen) and I thought the movie was somewhat entertaining, but I certainly wouldn't have been willing to pay full ticket price to see it. If you've got to see it with your lady, I doubt that you will find it too painful or boring (but it wouldn't hurt to fake it a bit so you get to pick the next movie:-).
Sometimes life gets turned upside down. And maybe that's why it's so hard
to believe that anyone, especially 17 year-old Halley Martin (Mandy Moore),
could actually experience that thing called love.
The people closest to Halley are in the midst of major upheavals in their love
lives. Her mother, Lydia (Allison Janney), is embittered by her recently
finalized divorce. Her sister, Ashley (Mary Catherine Garrison), is marrying a
guy with whom she is constantly fighting. Her best friend, Scarlett (Alexandra
Holden), can't keep her hands off of her first serious boyfriend. Most
distressingly for Halley, her father, Len (Peter Gallagher), who is a DJ at a
local radio station, combats his midlife crisis with a stereotypically boyish
elopement to the station's much-younger traffic reporter.
So how's Halley supposed to deal? She isn't about to let herself succumb to
the pipe dream of storybook romance, and Macon Forrester (Trent Ford) is the one
guy who challenges her idea that love just complicates a perfectly good
friendship. As Halley's life grows more and more complicated, she finds a
friend in Macon, but when she feels herself falling for him, will Halley move
beyond her fears and disappointments to experience real love?