Because I Said So

Because I Said So

(2007)
Legend Dianne Keaton stars as Daphne Wilder, a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. She is the proud mom of three daughters: stable psychologist Maggie (Graham), irreverent Mae (Perabo) and insecure Milly (Moore) – who is useless when it comes to finding a mate.

To prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did, Daphne decides to help Milly find the perfect man. Without Milly knowing, she places an online personal ad for her. Romantic comedy ensues as Daphne continues to do the wrong things for the right reasons, in the name of helping her daughter.

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Diane Keaton has never been quite as annoying as she is in ‘Because I Said So’. She plays Daphne Wilder, a busybody mother who keeps suggesting possible suitors for her daughter Milly (Mandy Moore). I’m talking fingernails on a blackboard, sirens in your ear, excruciatingly painfully annoying. Her high-pitched motor-mouthed voice just keeps blabbering on, and her wild ‘zany’ flailing around gets tiring. She is mad and unpleasant, and I hated when she was onscreen, which was quite often.

Daphne is the proud ‘mom’ of three daughters: Maggie (Graham), Mae (Perabo) and Milly – who is ‘insecure’ and ‘useless’ when it comes to finding a mate (so the screenwriters would like us to believe). To prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did, Daphne decides to help Milly find the perfect man. Without Milly knowing, she places an online personal ad for her and starts fixing things up.

In a story about mother-daughter relationships, the writers decided to create three daughters. Why bother? The middle child, Mae, is useless and says about three lines of dialogue in the whole film. She doesn’t even get any singing solos when the four of them perform at special occasions.

The casual family discussions about sexual behaviour are embarrassing, particularly the conversation (whilst shoe shopping no less) about how many orgasms the gals have achieved in a single night. It doesn’t stop there. Milly talks to her mother about what it’s like to experience an orgasm (A crucial plot point for Keaton’s character, would you believe) and reenacts it in such a way that had me cringing/looking for the exit.

The two male leads are sappy, dull, and devoid of any kind of spark whatsoever. The musician chap is marginally nicer than the architect, but why the hell would anyone settle for such mush? Here’s an example: when Milly is demonstrating to some elderly folks how to ‘cook for one’, the musician’s voice comes from offscreen: “How about cooking for two?” Then he saunters in with a shit-eating grin and one eyebrow raised in an ‘I’m trying to be attractive’ manner.

For a romantic comedy, there’s nothing funny about this film. There was polite appreciative laughter on occasion from the audience (of the type: ‘well, I’m here for two hours, I might as well play along’) but there were also a few scoffs of derision. Most of the laughter came after the film ended, when we realized how quaint and juvenile the film had turned out to be.

The main sore point for me was how the film tried to push the idea of feeling sorry for Milly. Well, excuse me, but if you look like Mandy Moore, have a hugely successful catering business, and have two men after you (and you’re bonking both of them), then you’d be better off than nearly everyone else. Why Daphne was so insanely desperate to marry off her 22-year-old daughter was beyond me. I didn’t buy it at all. Please don’t waste your time on this unimaginative drivel.

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BY Debbie wannabe

It certainly wasn't the worst movie I've seen. I took my daughter to it and it was enjoyable to have some 'bonding time" watching a mildy-interesting girly movie.
We had a few laughs, enjoyed the soppy bits and Gabriel Macht is too-cute!
Perhaps not worth spending $25 at a movie but renting it when it hits the Video stores


The Press Reviews

  • A mild exercise in deliberate mediocrity, with chuckles and heartwarming moments distributed as carefully as nuts in a factory-made brownie. The movie's lack of ambition is hardly surprising, but both Ms. Moore and Ms. Keaton, who can wring flustered comedy out of the mildest provocation, deserve better... Full Review

  • An exercise in canned cuteness, Because I Said So pushes its normally appealing stars, Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, over the edge of sitcom hysteria... Full Review