Because I Said So


Because I Said So

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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


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
Gerald Downey
as Cousin Dougy's Friend
Emily Maisano
as Milly's Staff 3
Ingrid Sanai Buron
as Singing Bride
Satya Lee
as Daphne Masseuse
Alexis Rhee
as Maggie's Masseuse
Steve Little
as Bad Teeth Guy
Tuan Shu Lan
as Milly's Masseuse
Parvesh Cheena
as Foreign Guy
John Ross Bowie
as Cute Food Spewing 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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  • Jun 23, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    Because the premise had great potential…because the cast was highly acclaimed…because the whole she-bang smacked of an intelligent comedy…because the sum of these parts only amounted to one hell of a mess, Because I Said So is a giant lesson in disappointment. Disjointed, long, and formulaic to the point that the audience could watch it blindfolded, this movie cannot not even decide what type of comedy it wanted to be. What should have been a witty romantic comedy quickly descends into a wit-less slap-shtick, reducing the legendary Diane Keaton to a pratfall-prone buffoon in the process. In the PG-13-rated comedy Because I Said So, Keaton plays an overzealous mother hell-bent to find a proper suitor for her youngest and unmarried daughter (Moore), all the while unknowingly searching for love herself. Keaton works best in an ensemble comedy (Something’s Gotta Give, for instance, garnered her an Oscar nomination) and Because I Said So stacks the deck with the talented roster of Moore, Lauren Graham, and Piper Perabo to play her impossibly gorgeous daughters. If this reviewer could qualify a film based solely on it including a scene of the cast exchanging one-liners in their panties, the film would be a 4-star affair, but alas: Everybody here seemed game for a good comedy, but the story works in so many I Love Lucy-esque bits for Keaton to sell through that the ensemble could only stand by and wince in pain—not at the clowning, but at the fact that they signed off on the ridiculous script. Bottom line: One giant lesson in disappointment.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2009
    a good example of motherly love
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2008
    Just plain boring. Diane Keaton, though lovably neurotic throughout the seventies and eighties, has become a bit of a typecast in roles better suited for lesser actresses. This one in particular, that of a nosy mother who blatantly meddles in her daughters' lives, is meant for someone without the chutzpah that Keaton is so well known for. Her supporting cast is seasoned for these sort of films, meant for them. It's that difference in talent that truly makes the film sad to watch.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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