I Said So
by: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore,
Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham,
Piper Perabo, Stephen Collins
Released by: Universal
Short: A credible cast and amusing script
make this ultimate chick flick a painless way
to spend a few hours at the movies.
For Chick Flick Fans Only
I Said So” is the epitome of a chick flick. While
most guys are likely to run screaming from this film,
most women—be they young, middle-aged, or old—are
sure to get some laughs that women in particular can relate
to from this amusing tale of a meddling single mother
and her three beautiful daughters.
Keaton, who has lately specialized in playing successful
older single women (think “Something’s Gotta
Give”), does it again here as Daphne, a successful
baker who is about to turn 60 as the story begins. She’s
single and lonely, but instead of channeling her energies
into finding a man for herself, she focuses on her youngest
daughter Milly, played believably by Mandy Moore.
a chef, Milly is the only single daughter left in the
family, which makes Daphne determined to find her a husband.
When she puts an ad on an Internet romance site in search
of the perfect man for her daughter, Daphne sets the slightly
convoluted plot in motion.
of the charm of the film comes from the performances,
as the two leads create a believable (yet dysfunctional)
mother-daughter relationship as they both search for the
elusive perfect man to round out their lives. Lauren Graham
also gives a natural and funny turn as the eldest daughter,
a happily married psychotherapist who is often the family’s
voice of reason. Gabriel Macht plays one of Milly’s
two competing beaus and is charming and likable; the kind
of guy any mom should love. And his dad (Stephen Collins)
is not bad, either, as Daphne eventually discovers.
I Said So” isn’t going to win any big awards
or become a romantic comedy classic, but as a gently amusing
chick flick, it does exactly what it sets out to do, generating
more than a few laughs through both snappy dialogue and
physical comedy. It’s also filled with familiar
moments for any female who has a mother that can be slightly
overbearing at times. “Because I Said So”
proves that, in the movies at least, moms like that can
actually change and eventually trust their offspring to
make their own personal life decisions, with no help from