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Because I Said So (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Overly reliant on caricatures and lacking any human insight, Because I Said So is an unfunny, cliche-ridden mess.

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Diane Keaton stars as a unconditionally loving, but meddling, mother whose vain attempt to prevent her insecure youngest daughter from repeating the same mistakes that she made leads to a series of comic misunderstandings in director Michael Lehmann's affectionate family comedy. When it comes to the topic of motherhood, Daphne Wilder (Keaton) has seen it all. Her eldest daughter, Maggie (Lauren Graham), is a highly respected psychologist and her middle daughter, Mae (Piper Perabo), is both sexy and smart, but youngest Milly (Mandy Moore) just can't seem to get things right no matter how hard she tries. Recognizing that the romantic exploits of her charming-but-struggling youngest always seem to end in tears, concerned mother Daphne vows to find Millie the perfect man. Though she always means well, Daphne's misguided attempt to set her daughter up by placing a carefully worded personal ad proves once and for all that even the most well-intending of mothers can sometimes overstep their boundaries. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Mandy Moore
as Milly Wilder
Ty Panitz
as Lionel
Zachary Gordon
as Little Arthur
Tony Hale
as Stuart
Sophina Brown
as Milly's Staff No. 1
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Milly's Staff No. 2
Emily Maisano
as Milly's Staff 3
Gerald Downey
as Cousin Dougy's Friend
Ingrid Sanai Buron
as Singing Bride
Satya Lee
as Daphne Masseuse
Alexis Rhee
as Maggie's Masseuse
Tuan Shu Lan
as Milly's Masseuse
Steve Little
as Bad Teeth Guy
John Ross Bowie
as Cute Food Spewing Guy
Parvesh Cheena
as Foreign Guy
Doug Budin
as Sneezer
Willam Belli
as Transsexual
Judi Barton
as Jason's Mother
Rudolph Willrich
as Jason's Father
David Purdham
as Uncle Philip
P.J. Byrne
as Photographer
Edith Jefferson
as Female Senior
Holly Westen
as Catering Staff
Nate Petre
as Bleached Teeth Guy
Allison Caetano
as Roller Blader
Chris Monberg
as Roller Blader
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Critic Reviews for Because I Said So

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (47)

It's a lame duck of a film.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

I hated this movie. I think it's the worst performance of Diane Keaton's career.

February 20, 2007

Laughter is largely absent from this sorry, shrieking mess.

February 16, 2007 | Full Review…

Treats women like idiots and men like inflatable sex toys.

February 16, 2007 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

At one point Daphne warns Milly, "You're going to end up like some pathetic character in a Tennessee Williams play." If ever a film could have used a character from a Tennessee Williams play, it's this one.

February 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

There's a special circle of hell reserved for whoever thought up the moment where Macht tells Moore she smells like "cake batter".

February 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Because I Said So

Not funny. Not romantic. Just sappy and superficial. Not worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

This is just a really nice chick flick about 3 sisters, (Lauren Graham, Mandy Moore and Piper Perabo). They have a slightly controlling mother, Daphne, (Diane Keaton), who has been single herself many years and has become worried about Millie (Mandy Moore) and the bad choices she keeps making in men (her sisters are happily married). Worried that Millie will end up alone like herself, Daphne secretly writes an online personal ad and then interviews all the men. Her choice is Jason, a slightly arrogant professional guy (lawyer maybe? Can't remember), but she also meets a charming musician and single dad, Johnny, by chance. Daphne sets it up so Millie and Jason can meet, without Millie realizing her mum set it up, but Johnny fixes it so he also "Accidently" meets Millie. The rest of the movie is Millie trying to figure out which guy she wants, and the fury when she enevitibly finds out what Daphne did. Okay, it's a no brainier, but I enjoyed this and Millie is a likeable, though flawed character, digging herself into a mess by sleeping with both the guys. Daphne is also likeable, and sympathetic in her way. A nice story about female relationships with a few laughs and some beautiful looking cakes.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I really liked this film. Diane Keaton is always the best type of actress to play a mother as she's extremely funny. Both of the guys were good to look at and even though you genuinely knew

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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