Some movies are good and make it look easy. A good example would be Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl starring Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings), Geoffrey Rush (Frida) and Johnny Depp (Blow). Pirates tells the story of a boy (Bloom) out to save his girl (Keira Knightley, Bend it Like Beckham) with the help of a pirate who wants his ship back, even if its crew is under a curse. This movie is thoroughly entertaining, especially for being based on a theme park ride. It’s fast paced and funny. Johnny Depp is exceptionally enjoyable in his portrayal of the quirky Captain Jack Sparrow. I highly recommend Pirates of the Caribbean and have rated this must-see flick a four out of five.


The feature film of this review, however, tries so hard to be great that it sets itself up to fail. How to Deal featuring Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember), Allison Janney (The Hours), and Trent Ford (Gosford Park), centers on the less than perfect life of Halley Martin (Moore). Halley is jaded by love. Her parents are newly divorced and her DJ father told his entire radio audience that he was eloping with a woman half his age before he told her. Her sister is getting married to a man who Halley thinks is completely wrong for her. On top of all this, her best friend, Scarlett (Alexandra Holden, Dead End), is pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s child. So, the last thing that Halley needs is to fall for the rebellious Macon (Ford). She, however, would be the first to admit that life doesn’t care what she needs. She just has to learn how to deal.

How to Deal is advertised as “a lesson in love for nonbelievers” and it is. It is an enjoyable movie. Moore is wonderful and proves that she’s not just a pop princess trying her hand at acting. She is an actress. The writers throw everything shy of natural disasters her way and she handles each situation admirably, making up for a weak storyline.

The major flaw with this movie is that it tries to take on every type of failed love imaginable. After a while all I could say was “When will it end?” Had the writers not tackled so much and made the story a little simpler, this would have been a great movie. The constant cropping up of yet another problem, however, weighs this movie down.

The Waynedale News Staff

Kasey Butcher

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