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Because I Said So

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, Stephen Collins
Released by:
Universal Pictures

In Short: A credible cast and amusing script make this ultimate chick flick a painless way to spend a few hours at the movies.

Fun Fluff
For Chick Flick Fans Only

by Jenny Peters

Because 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.

Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore in "Because I Said So"
Lauren Graham, Diane Keaton and Piper Perabo in "Because I Said So"

Diane 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.

Also 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.

Diane Keaton in "Because I Said So"
Mandy Moore in "Because I Said So"

Part 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.

“Because 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 mom.


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