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Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Michael Lehmann / Actors: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore ... / DVD released 04 June, 2007 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      11.03.2014 12:18

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      Entirely unwatchable

      This was given to me as a christmas gift and I have just gotten round to watching it.
      The (usually) fabulous Diane Keaton stars in this desperately unfunny cliche ridden movie, which could well end her career. She plays a well intentioned but over protective parent trying to interfere in her daughter Milly's life and stop her making the same mistakes that she did in life. Milly, played by Mandy Moore, goes from disastrous relationship to disastrous relationsnhip, but seems happy regardless.
      She embarks on a mission to find Milly the ideal man, but hr ideal man not Milly's. When Milly meets someone that she doesn't approve of, because he has tattoos and a son, she tries to split them up, but in the process falls in love herself.
      The storyline could have set itself up to be a fantastic family comedy but instead it is difficult to invest in the plot because of the lack of chemistry between the family, and difficult to care about Milly because of the bland and superficial performance by Moore. Could she be any more irritating?
      With a different director, cast and re writing this could have been watchable but not even the gorgeous Gabriel Macht could save this flop.
      If I hear the words 'red polka dots' again, I will....well you know!
      Do yourself favour and don't watch this....because I said so!

      (I hope the person who bought me this doesn't read this review)

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      27.01.2011 21:25
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      A watch-once-only kind of movie! Not as good as I'd hoped!

      I love a good chick-flick movie! Today I will be reviewing one my latest views!

      Because I Said So is an American romantic comedy movie. The movie was released in the United Kingdom in 2007. The movie stars Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. This film is a 12 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of twelve. The movie runs at just over one hour and a half. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.49 which I think is excellent value for money!

      This movie: Mum of three daughters Daphne, is worried about her youngest daughter Milly, as she can't find love, and seems to fall for all the wrong men. Her mother creates an advert for her daughter, and interviewes the men herself. What will happen? Watch Because I Said So!

      This movie is a real girlie-girls kind of movie, which means that it is a good movie for a sleepover or a girls night in. I think that friends will be able to relate to the group of women in the movie.

      I wasn't sure if I liked this movie or not. There were some parts that I liked and others that I didn't. I thought that the plot was quite interesting, if a little bit over the top. I mean, imagine if what happened in this movie happened in real life. You would be well embarassed.

      I wasn't much of a fan of the characters in this movie. The mother got on my nerves a little bit as she was a bit pushy and bossy. Milly was ok, but I thought that she was a bit silly at times. As for the other two daughters they weren't that nice, especially the one who was going with two guys at the same time!

      Before watching this movie, I thought 'ooh this looks good- bet it'll be funny'. But it wasn't very funny, and so I was really disappointed that I didn't manage to get any laughs out of it.

      It is not a great movie, but if you are looking for something light-hearted to watch to pass the time, then you may like to give this a go. For me, it was ok as a watch-once kind of film, but I don't think I will be watching it again, unless I am really bored!

      Thanks for reading!
      January 27th 2011
      xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)

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      06.06.2010 21:23
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      One for mothers and daughters

      ====Outline====

      Most daughters will be able to relate to their mother being overbearing at some point in their life, but Daphne Wilder takes it to the extreme. A single-mum-of-three, Daphne panics when her youngest, Millie, keeps dating the wrong man. As she tries to find her Mr Right, Daphne takes out a secret online ad for a "mate for her daughter" and auditions the men herself, before plotting to get her together with architect, Jason. However, all doesn't go to plan, as handsome musician, Johnny, also starts seeing the young chef. The question is, will Millie choose her mother's choice in a man, or her own?


      ====Cast====

      Daphne Wilder - Diane Keaton
      Millie - Mandy Moore
      Maggie - Lauren Graham
      May - Piper Perabo
      Jason - Tom Everett Scott
      Johnny - Gabriel Macht
      Joe - Stephen Collins
      Lionel - Ty Panitz

      I didn't know most of the cast, only Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore - from her singing day - and Piper Perabo from Coyote Ugly. I think Stephen Collins was in First Wives Club with Keaton, but I could be wrong there.


      ====Acting====

      I'll be honest and say some of Keaton's acting is slightly over the top, but that is what her part calls for. There is an obvious chemistry between the three sisters on screen, which makes it very believable they are in a close-knit family.

      There's not really any member of the cast that lets down the movie for me, as there are no wooden performances and there are no characters that make me want to reach for the off button. My view, you may feel differently of course.

      The various romances are well done, whether it's "meant to be" or not, as Millie tries to make up her mind.

      There are some lovely scenes with Cooper the golden retriever who can steal shots away from Keaton who he appears with.


      ====Setting & Music====

      Set in Las Vegas, it's not the usual all singing all dancing casino strip that's associated with Vegas. It's a refreshing change to see another part of the area, which is quite beautiful. The music used throughout the film compliments both the set and story perfectly.


      ====DVD Extras====

      The Making of Because I Said So - a short film featuring cast and crew interviews. A pleasant watch, but nothing overly special.

      Designing a "Wilder" World - another short on set and costume choices. I found this a bit dull.

      Music Video: "World Spins Madly" On by he Weapons


      ====Opinion====

      I love this film. Being the youngest of two, with my elder sister married, I can fully appreciate how Millie's feeling in not finding Mr Right and having a mother who takes an over interest in my life. I think most youngest daughters would see their mum in this film.

      I first saw this film on a flight to America. I'd seen the trailers before and wasn't overly bothered about seeing it. But I was very pleasantly surprised and had many laugh out loud moments - which shocked the passengers sitting near to me!

      Although predictable - which rom-com isn't - this film is easy to watch, that I think most women would enjoy. It's a film that can span the generations, with the mother turning 60 in the movie and the three daughters in their 20s and 30s. My Mum and Nan both love this film too, which shows how the different generations can enjoy the movie.
      There's no bad language and no explicit sex scenes, although there are references to sex, which is where the 12 rating came from.

      At 97 minutes, it's not too short and not too long - a good girly night in.

      Also on ciao

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        24.09.2009 23:00
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        When a mother decides that she knows best for her daughter

        Because I said so (film review only)

        Because I said so, starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore is yet another "woman" story, based mainly on the women's feeling and actions. Having seen Mandy Moore in "A walk to Remember" I knew that she could be a good actress; well I was enchanted by her acting in "Because I said So."

        Plot:
        Daphne is a successful middle-aged woman with three grown up daughters that are successful in their respective careers, however her last born, Milly, is still single and having unsuccessful relationships. The story begins when Daphne decides that she will find the perfect match for her daughter and advertises for a man. However there soon is a love triangle, will Daphne find the perfect son- in- law or will Milly have the man she really wants?

        This story is one that i feel particularly close to, having a meddlesome mother; I completely felt for Milly as having your mother wanting to rule your life which is absolutely freaky, somehow i understand Daphne's part that she wants only the best for her daughter and wants to protect her, but the idea of advertising for a man is simply horrifying, I mean advertising for a man for yourself is something but having your mom doing so is another.

        The fun in this movie is watching how Daphne trying to act in Milly's love life. I believe that this film is more about mother/daughter relationship that really about letting go, sometimes mothers really find it hard to let go and sometimes daughters too, this film is mostly one that makes me realise that though my mom is always interfering which is annoying she is also the only one I know who will always be there for me, apart from my best friends.

        I would definitely recommend watching the dog, he deserves an award :). The male actors in the film do not really have much importance but however as usual they are important to the plot and add some of the romanticism of the movie.

        As i have said this is an enjoyable comedy for mothers and daughters and for the family. Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton are really beautiful on screen.

        Main actors:
        Diane Keaton- Daphne
        Mandy Moore- Milly
        Piper Perabo

        Thanks for the reading.

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          04.09.2009 18:02
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          Good, fun easy going romantic comedy - great for a girls night in!

          Diane Keaton plays Daphne Wilder - mother of three. Two of her daughters are happily married but Milly (Mandy Moore) isn't. Daphne has been single for a long time and doesn't want Milly following the same path as her so decides to do something about it. She sneakily posts an ad on a dating website and starts interviewing potential boyfriends, and when she finds who she thinks is the perfect guy, organises a chance meeting between the two and they start dating. One guy Daphne met though wasn't impressed with Daphne's scheme. Meanwhile, Milly has met a great guy on her own, so is now dating two guys with no idea her mother is behind one of them. The other guy she's dating happens to be the guy who met her mother and wasn't impressed with her scheme!

          I really liked this film. Whilst it is a romantic comedy this is also a nice girly, family film. Mandy Moore doesn't really make films without her singing in them either, and this one is no exception although it's brief. Mandy Moore is actually a pretty good actress - don't put her on a par with Jessica Simpson and such like - she's so much better than that. She's good at playing the girly girl and she delivers her lines and comedy well. Diane Keaton as the bossy, interfering mother is great here as usual. She's also better when she's doing a bit of comedy as well like she is here - and she's a joy to watch.

          The film is predictable but it's still entertaining and fun to watch. The characters have been well thought out and Mandy Moore carries this film well alongside Keaton. The two guys in Millys life are good looking in different ways with different charms and you find yourself liking both of them. The actors were good choices for those roles I think.

          Piper Perabo and Lauren Graham also worked well as support in their sister roles and both brought something different to the film and in the end you actually felt like this was a real family with real love and real squabbles every day! Many mothers would be able to put themselves in Daphnes position here, as the mother whose last daughter is about to fly the nest and she just can't bear to let her go. I am also sure that the notion of 'no man will ever be good enough for my daughter' rings true to most mothers (and fathers)!

          This film is easy going with some good romance and funny lines and is a good film for a girls night in. There's some other cute little storylines that runs alongside the main one about Milly and as a result the film is pretty fast paced and doesn't drag. Worth buying/renting!

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            01.07.2009 14:59

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            great girly night film

            Diane Keaton plays the sometimes typical mother role where all she wants is the best for her daughters but going about it in entirely the wrong way at times. This film is full of laughs and some cringe worthy moments thrown in for good measure. Mandy Moore's character can seem quite dippy at times but don't be fooled, as the film progresses you feel she matures from events that occur which she has no choice but to grow up. There is a good balance between the events that occur, you do not get a whole bunch of emotional wreck moments then a few laughs before dreary sets in, none of that at all. You get the sensible moments where things turn sour for Milly (Moore) where you feel for her and those involved without the feeling of the film getting depressing. A great girls' night in film where you will be smiling and laughing, not only through out, but by the end - guaranteed!

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            30.12.2008 22:28

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            A good movie mothers should have watched

            A powerful single mother with three grown up daughters was something unusual to be brought as a movie. That's why this movie was very interesting. Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore performed as the main characters of this movie.
            Diane Keaton played as a mother who would like to give everything to the daughter (Mandy Moore), and wanted the daughter to get the best as her life partner since for the mother, the daughter's love life suck. She made a plan to matchmake the daughter to a guy, which ended up a disaster for both of them.
            Because I said so was a really good movie for mothers to watch. I think it was a little bit similar to my mother and that's why I was so much moved while watching this movie. I couldn't help to make comments along the movie.
            I like this movie, of course, and wonder how my mother would react when I gave this to her. I would recommend this movie to all powerful mothers to watch.

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            07.11.2008 01:57

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            Pretty Good Chick Flick

            This movie was so so. The storyline was ok, the acting was pretty good. Even Mandy Moore did a good job playing her role. I guess it is true that practice makes perfect. This film includes a lot of actresses that I love from former television shows that I was obsessed with. These actresses include Lauren Graham (Loreli from Gilmore Girls), Piper Perabo (Piper from Charmed) and Diane Keaton who needs to introductions.

            This story is about a mother who is having a hard time letting go of her youngest daughter Millie (played by Mandy Moore) by allowing her to grow up. Daphne (Diane Keaton) is just your normal average over-protective, overbearing, over the top worried mother. , overbearing, over-the-top mother.
            The entire movie revolves around Daphne and Millie and their struggles to let go an be let go of. This was a cute and lovable movie. I wouldn't recommend spending the money to purchase it, but if you are looking for a fun movie to rent and watch with the girls I would recommend this one.

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            12.08.2008 18:20
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            This is an unusual family film that has some great laughs and a lovely romance.

            Once again Diane Keaton takes the mother role and as she does it so well there is nothing bad I could possibly say about her in this movie except maybe that the crazy family singing is a little annoying but it's all good fun I guess.

            Well Diane Keaton playe Daphne Wilder who focuses all her energy on her three daughters but as two of her girls Piper Perabo and Lauren Graham are happily married she decides to spend all her match making skills on daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) who is a brilliant chef but hopeless in relationships. The interfering Daphne decided to enter an ad in the paper looking for a partner for her daughter and it's while she is weeding out the good from the bad that she bypasses the perfect man for her daughter. This results in Milly dating the chosen man that her mother has interviewed and also the other suitor that Daphne is not so fond of.
            This is an easygoing fun family film, which has a few laughs and some nice romantic moments as well as some nauseating ones. And it should be just the thing for a family gathering on a Sunday afternoon.

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              15.10.2007 21:13
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              Please don't waste your time or money on seeing this movie

              BECAUSE I SAID SO has got to be the worst film I have seen so far this year. I have to say right from the start that the plot did not grab me even before I saw it - it is about an over-protective mother trying to set her daughter up with Mr Right, which is not really my cup of tea.

              So why did I go to see it then? Well mainly because of 3 of the stars of the film.

              Diane Keaton is an actress whose work I respect, primarily because of the movies she made with Woody Allen. However in this film she just comes across as a shrill, annoying old woman who I would run a mile from if I ever met her.

              Secondly, Mandy Moore. I can't really recall any films that I have seen her in other than this and AMERICAN DREAMZ. I enjoyed her in that film and hoped to enjoy her in this one, but really didn't. This was probably because her character was just so unlikeable. Basically she two-times her boyfriend and then we are made to feel sorry for her. Now I get that this is not the actress' fault - she plays the role that is written for her, but that still doesn't help me to like her in the role.

              Finally is Lauren Graham, who is one of the stars of one of my favourite TV shows ever, GILMORE GIRLS. In that she is witty, attractive, and highly intelligent. Here however she is given a small supporting role which doesn't allow her to show her range as an actress.

              So there you go - 3 good actresses in one very poor film. As I mentioned when talking about Mandy Moore, the characters are unlikeable and if a filmmaker wants me to like the film, then he or she has to make me like the characters.

              Avoid this one at all costs - however if you are mug enough to want to buy it, you can get it from Amazon for just under £10. I wouldn't recommend it though.

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                03.08.2007 18:51
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                I was in the mood to watch something light hearted and after viewing some trailers on the Apple website I had come across the trailer for the film ‘Because I Said So’ I know it was released in about February this year but I hadn’t heard of it up until seeing the trailer and it looked like something I would usually watch. I got a copy of the DVD from Amazon. From what I had seen in the trailer this film looked like one which was a bit of a romantic comedy and the cast looked really good it has Mandy Moore in it who always does something fun, Diane Keaton and so on.

                The film begins with us seeing one of the daughter’s weddings. Daphne Wilder is mother to three daughters, Milly (Mandy Moore), Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo). All of Daphne’s daughters are happily married except Milly and this worries her because she wants all of her daughters to experience true love and worries that Milly keeps making mistakes and wants her to be happy. Daphne herself is single but this is not a problem for her she just doesn’t want her daughter following in her footsteps and so goes behind Milly’s back and puts up an ad to get men for her daughter on an online dating website.

                We soon see Daphne interviewing a wide range of men trying to narrow it down to the perfect one. She finally decides on Jason (Tom Everett Scott) an architect who seems wealthy and is good looking. He soon goes along to make his move on Milly who is catering an event in one of the buildings he has designed and before we know it she accepts a date with him and Daphne seems happy that her daughter is taking interest in the man she has picked for her. However, soon Milly phones her mother excitedly saying she has another date with another man in the same week which throws Daphne off a bit as she knows she only picked one man. Johnny (Gabriel Macht) is the other man who liked the mother but wants to see what the younger version of her is like as he did go along to the interviews in response to the ad.

                Milly soon finds herself dating both of the men without any of them knowing and Daphne is not happy when she finds out that Johnny is the other man who asked her daughter out. The film is really funny and shows how an interfering mum should maybe keep out of her daughter’s life a bit but in a way she has done her a favour sort of. I like the closeness of the family and the advice they all give to each other. They all talk so openly about their relationships and sex lives that it seems more funny and I like how the daughters share a similar humour but all lead such different lives and are quite individual.

                I think this film is quite predictable in a way and I did kind of guess the ending and Mandy Moore does have to sing a few little bits in there so that we don’t forget she was once a singer. I feel that the actresses all must have gotten on really well as it seems to show on screen and it’s a good thing. The film is different and although a romantic comedy I like how Mandy Moore’s character isn’t the typical boring lead but she has her flaws, her business and makes mistakes like us all but is weak for a good looking man like the two in the film who I’m sure no woman would refuse if they showed interest.

                The acting in the film was nothing spectacular but it wasn’t needed as it was quite an easy going fun film. Diane Keaton was good as the mother and as annoying as I found her and she was quite intrusive to the daughters lives but she was their friend as well as their mother and I liked how she dealt with her daughters. Mandy Moore was really good in this role it was different from her and she seemed to have more depth to her acting than usual here as she was more immature and naïve compared to other roles where she doesn’t seem to have to really act at all.

                Lauren Graham who I know from the TV show Gilmore Girls was good in this, her role wasn’t huge but she was a good character who gave good advice, had a few jokes and is more grown up from her immature role in Gilmore Girls. Piper Perabo was quite good in this film too she was a fun character but it didn’t seem much different to me from anything else she has played previously and she wasn’t one of the standout roles to me here. Gabriel Macht and Tom Everett Scott were good choices for the men in Milly’s life here they both played their parts well, they both had their positive and negatives as to why she should choose them and the fact I found it hard to see who she was going to pick at first must mean they were pretty convincing actors.

                Because I Said So is a film I would recommend for those who like family films or romantic comedies. It’s a good film to watch if you’re feeling down or in the mood for something not too intense. The acting’s good, the stories easy to understand and the cast is well known. The film is approximately 102 minutes long it is a 12 Certificate and can be bought on Amazon for £13.48. It was just released on the 4th of June.

                Website www.becauseisaidsomovie.com

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                After seeing two of her three stunning daughters happily marry, Daphne Wilder focuses all her worries on Milly, her youngest, most insecure, and unlucky-in-love offspring. Twentysomething Milly has got her career as a chef figured out, but is clueless when it comes to love, attracting a never-ending slew of married, cheating, and closeted men. Taking matters into her own hands, Daphne places a personal ad for her daughter, interviewing the suitors herself and settling on one particularly promising young man named Jason. Meanwhile, clueless to her mother's plans, Milly starts to fall for Johnny, a cute musician who in spite of treating Milly like gold, is hardly what Daphne has in mind for her daughter's future.