How to Deal

How to Deal (2003)

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  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Release Date: 2003-07-18
  • User Rating: 5.5/10 from 141 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Focus Features
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Clare Kilner
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From 141 Ratings


Halley is convinced true love doesn't exist based on the crazy relationships around her. Her mother is divorcing her father who is dating a younger woman Halley can't stand. Her crazed sister is planning a wedding but has second thoughts and her best friend has fallen madly in love for the first time leaving Halley to feel even more alone.

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  • Mandy Moore

    as Halley Martin
  • Trent Ford

    as Macon Forrester
  • Allison Janney

    as Lydia Martin
  • Alexandra Holden

    as Scarlett Smith
  • Dylan Baker

    as Steve Beckwith
  • Nina Foch

    as Grandma Halley
  • Mary Catherine Garrison

    as Ashley Martin
  • Connie Ray

    as Marion Smith
  • Mackenzie Astin

    as Lewis Warsher
  • Charlotte Sullivan

    as Elizabeth Gunderson
  • Ray Kahnert

    as Donald Sherwood
  • Andrew Gillies

    as Buck Warsher
  • John White

    as Michael Sherwood
  • Laura Catalano

    as Lorna Queen
  • Peter Gallagher

    as Len Martin
  • Sonja Smits

  • Alison MacLeod

  • Bill Lake

  • Philip Akin

  • Ennis Esmer

  • Thomas Hauff

  • Darryl Pring

  • Patrice Goodman

    as Carla
  • Audrey Gardiner

  • Jayne Eastwood

  • Sandi Ross

  • Dana Reznik

  • Darrin Brown

Production Avy Kaufman Casting
Camera Eric Alan Edwards Director of Photography
Sound David Kitay Music
Editing Janice Hampton Editor
Art Andrew M. Stearn Art Direction
Production Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Art Dan Davis Production Design
Production William Teitler Producer
Costume & Make-Up Alexandra Welker Costume Design
Production Erica Huggins Producer
Directing Clare Kilner Director
Art Carolyn A. Loucks Set Decoration
Editing Shawna Callahan Editor
Writing Neena Beber Screenplay
Crew Karen Tyrell Unit Publicist
Directing Samantha Armstrong Script Supervisor
Writing Sarah Dessen Novel