How To Deal


(out of 5)

 is a teenager who has the difficult task of having to witness her parents’ divorce. Her father (Peter Gallagher) is not dealing with his mid-life crisis well, jacking up his efforts to look young and dumping her mom () for a much younger woman. Meanwhile, her best friend suffers a personal tragedy that affects Moore quite strongly, the one beacon of light in her life coming from a charming young man () who seems to like her despite the fact that she’s never particularly nice or interesting. Young women will probably enjoy watching Moore’s iceberg personality slowly melt over the period of this piece of crap, but her flat performance and the mundane dialogue will be torture on just about anyone else. The only pleasure to be had from this routine exercise in juvenile exploitation is Janney’s lively performance.

Focus Features, Golden Mean, Radar Pictures

USA, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novels by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


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