Because I Said So (2007)



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

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Karen Leigh Hopkins, Jessie Nelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2007
Box Office: $42.6M
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as Maggie's Masseuse

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as Jason's Mother

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as Uncle Philip

as Photographer

as Female Senior

as Catering Staff

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Critic Reviews for Because I Said So

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (43)

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

February 20, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This movie manages to be offensive and yet dull and predictable, as phony as a Kate Spade sidewalk knock-off bag and as unoriginal as the ready-for VH1 soundtrack.

Full Review… | December 9, 2014

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

Like steel pins poking through the eyes

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

The ensuing cycle of miscommunication is endless and trying.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Audience Reviews for Because I Said So

Not funny. Not romantic. Just sappy and superficial. Not worth watching.

Wildaly M

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.

Nicki Marie

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

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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