This is still a huge pain in the behind, but if you check out the Synaptic GUI front-end to apt, you can select Edit and then "fix broken packages" from the menu.
The reason I consider it a pain is that you may have to fix multiple collections of packages before you find the one that may actually contain one that's really broken.
I wish it were easier. If it is, anyone else???? I would love to not have to deal with this either. It seems to happen automatically in Easy Ubuntu, which seems backward to me