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RuLe #1 THeRe are no RuLeS.
A lesson in love for non-believers.
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 finalised 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 mid-life 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?
Persons of interest
- Mandy Moore .... Halley Martin
- Trent Ford .... Macon
- Alexandra Holden .... Scarlett
- Allison Janney
- Peter Gallagher
- Dylan Baker
- Mackenzie Astin
- Mary Catherine Garrison
- Connie Ray
- Nina Foch
- Sarah Dessen .... Author: Someone like you, That summer
- Heidi Ferrer .... Screenwriter
- Neena Beber .... Screenwriter
- Clare Kilner .... Director
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Security censorship classification
M (Low level coarse language, drug use)
102 minutes (1:42 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 6 November 2003