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Because I Said So (2007)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 148

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


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 39

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



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Movie Info

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


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Jessie Nelson, Karen Leigh Hopkins

May 8, 2007


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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (148) | DVD (18)

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

February 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Everyone here is a caricature, and the gaps are papered over with hyperactive shtick. I haven't seen so many cakes dropped or smashed since I Love Lucy.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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If you don't expect too much of it, you may find yourself pleasantly -- all right, soothingly -- surprised by it.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Recycling every cliche in the rom-com handbook, it's clear from the very first that Lehmann has sacrificed his characters on the altar of sappy endings. What a waste -- for everybody.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source:
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As almost everyone knows by now, the early part of the year has become a dumping ground for dreadful movies. Still, Because I Said So constitutes unusually toxic waste.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's so derivative, unfunny and thuddingly bad that it's one of the more cringe-inducing movies of a genre chock-full of clunkers.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Because I Said So seems like it's supposed to be a paean of sorts to motherhood and the enduring love that entails, a love so strong that it inevitably drives its possessor somewhat batty. But what it is, is muddled crap.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

Like steel pins poking through the eyes

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The ensuing cycle of miscommunication is endless and trying.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

There are chick flicks and upchuck flicks. The movie Because I Said So is an upchuck chick flick.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

This is a by-the-book chick flick we're talking about, but the writers and director apparently didn't want to push the envelope when it came to the supporting characters -- or the main characters.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Because I Said So isn't very funny, and no amount of having Diane Keaton act all post-menopausally zany is going to create the tension that just isn't there.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source:


August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's a lame duck of a film.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A light-weight comedy about mothers and daughters, Because I Said So is a bit like the chocolate soufflés that Mandy Moore's Milly cooks throughout. It's light and fluffy, but on occasions it does not rise to the occasion

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

each character in the film is so shallow and cold that there's nobody for the audience to cheer on.

March 7, 2007 Full Review

There's more than enough material here to make an enjoyable drama about a mother and her adult daughters. But the writers and director fail on virtually every front.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I don't think anyone actually wrote Because I Said So; I think that some Hollywood artificial intelligence think-tank instead fed DVD box sets of The Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City into a computer, along with Pottery Barn catalogs for roughage. ...

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

At 61, Diane Keaton is still doing her ditzy, girlish thing, but the act is getting a little oppressive and rarely more so than in Because I Said So, an indulgent comedy.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

[A] better movie might have surfaced if everyone had taken their Ritalin and calmed down.

February 21, 2007 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

In this unwatchable romantic comedy from director Michael Lehmann Diane Keaton plays Daphne Wilder, an inept mother of three pretty but not-believable-as-siblings daughters.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

As well as providing lifestyle porn, the many scenes set in stylish kitchens mean there is usually a cake on hand for somebody to be splattered with. That's the level of the bland attempts at comedy.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

With very little rewriting and a different director in charge, Because I Said So could have been retooled as a horror thriller. ... That version probably would have been funnier, too.

February 17, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

A desperate comedy whose frequently acute insights into tense, but loving mother-daughter relationships is constantly hamstrung by ill-advised forays into physical humor and too much reliance on Diane Keaton's mania.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

I've been giving it a great deal of thought and come to the conclusion that the squandering of Diane Keaton's screen legacy is without parallel in the annals of cinema.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Because I Said So

Not funny. Not romantic. Just sappy and superficial. Not worth watching.
July 16, 2012

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.
January 1, 2012

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
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I was so, so surprised to find that a) this was not directed by Nancy Meyers, and b) it was directed by the same guy who directed The Truth About Cats and Dogs. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. And this one is definitely a loss - I watch my fair share of bad and really bad movies, but there was something about this one that just made me not sad but angry. The cheese music that had to play every couple seconds a quasi-emotion showed up, Diane Keaton acting a damn fool, the stupid slapstick trips and falls and oh my god gag gag gag. Bland mixes with bland mixes with bland. This is upper crust suburbanite at its very, very worst.
May 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Mae Wilder: Mom, why do you always wear the high tops?
    2. Daphne Wilder: Because I just got these, what's wrong with these?
    3. Maggie Wilder: They're just kinda depressing.
    4. Milly Wilder: Mom, for your sixtieth birthday, we'll buy you something beautiful, something that grandma Moses would not wear.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Daphne Wilder: What are you gonna do with your hair? Maybe you oughta button these buttons, you look like you're asking for it.
    2. Milly Wilder: I am asking for it!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Daphne Wilder: I say marriage, you say...
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Daphne Wilder: God couldn't be everywhere so that is why he invented mothers.
    2. Maggie Wilder: What? That was on a Hallmark card we gave you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Jason: Gotta love a woman in a polka dots. Not everyone can pull it off.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Daphne Wilder: Cooper is in heat.
    2. Maggie Wilder: Mom, Cooper is a boy.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
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