Because I Said So


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.


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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 and smart, but youngest Milly (Mandy Moore) just can't seem to get things right no matter how hard she tries. Recognizing that the romantic exploits of her charming-but-struggling youngest always seem to end in tears, concerned mother Daphne vows to find Millie the perfect man. Though she always means well, Daphne's misguided attempt to set her daughter up by placing a carefully worded personal ad proves once and for all that even the most well-intending of mothers can sometimes overstep their boundaries. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mandy Moore
as Milly Wilder
Ty Panitz
as Lionel
Zachary Gordon
as Little Arthur
Tony Hale
as Stuart
Sophina Brown
as Milly's Staff No. 1
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Milly's Staff No. 2
Gerald Downey
as Cousin Dougy's Friend
Emily Maisano
as Milly's Staff 3
Ingrid Sanai Buron
as Singing Bride
Satya Lee
as Daphne Masseuse
Alexis Rhee
as Maggie's Masseuse
Tuan Shu Lan
as Milly's Masseuse
Steve Little
as Bad Teeth Guy
Parvesh Cheena
as Foreign Guy
John Ross Bowie
as Cute Food Spewing Guy
Doug Budin
as Sneezer
Willam Belli
as Transsexual
Judi Barton
as Jason's Mother
Rudolph Willrich
as Jason's Father
David Purdham
as Uncle Philip
P.J. Byrne
as Photographer
Edith Jefferson
as Female Senior
Holly Westen
as Catering Staff
Nate Petre
as Bleached Teeth Guy
Allison Caetano
as Roller Blader
Chris Monberg
as Roller Blader
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Critic Reviews for Because I Said So

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (43)

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

Feb 20, 2007

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.

Feb 10, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

If you don't expect too much of it, you may find yourself pleasantly -- all right, soothingly -- surprised by it.

Feb 6, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 3, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Feb 2, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Because I Said So

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

Wildaly M
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
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
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.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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