Because I Said So (Widescreen)

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A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps.


Studio Universal
SKU 204305165
UPC 025193227027
UPC 14 00025193227027
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2010
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Diane Keaton lights up the screen as an overbearing, matchmaking single mother in this slightly offbeat romantic comedy from director Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS). The film is a lot of fun, with both Keaton and Mandy Moore delivering energetic performances as a loveable and pretty believable mother-daughter team. After seeing two of her three stunning daughters (Piper Perabo, Lauren Graham) happily marry, Daphne Wilder (Keaton) focuses all her worries on Milly (Moore), 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. As Milly becomes increasingly involved with both men, Daphne must face whether maybe she could still have her own romantic life at age 60, instead of just living vicariously through her grown daughters.^Unabashedly a chick flick, BECAUSE I SAID SO's intended audience is clearly female, but that's not to say it's all soft. The movie's girl talk includes frank discussions about sex and orgasms, demonstrating the unusually close relationships between the film's women and distinguishing the film from others in its genre. While following a vague romantic-comedy arc, the film also explores the bonds between women, focusing more on the mother-daughter relationship at the heart of the film than on any of the male love interests.
New York Times "[Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore] are touching and amusing to watch." 02/02/2007 p.E1
Michael Lehmann
Lauren Graham
Stephen Collins
Mandy Moore
Diane Keaton
Cast & Crew
Christopher Tandon - Art Director
Colin Ferguson - Actor
David Kitay - Original Music By
Diane Keaton - Actor
Gabriel Macht - Actor
Jessie Nelson - Writer
Julio Macat - Cinematographer
Karen Leigh Hopkins - Writer
Lauren Graham - Actor
Mandy Moore - Actor
Michael Flynn - Executive Producer
Michael Lehmann - Director
Paul Brooks - Producer
Paul Seydor - Editor
Piper Perabo - Actor
Stephen Collins - Actor
Tom Everett Scott - Actor
Troy Takaki - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 61032270
UPC 00025193227027
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Because I Said So is a made-to-order romantic comedy of the type "B" variety (that's the one where the heroine is torn between the socially and financially "ideal" guy and the one who really makes her happy). As I have previously written, a formulaic approach is not always a bad thing in a romantic comedy provided the screenplay shows moderate intelligence, the characters are appealing, and there's chemistry between the leads. Fortunately, Because I Said So satisfies these criteria. So, despite being rooted firmly in "chick flick" territory (with a high "cuteness" index), it has the capacity to please to viewers of both genders who appreciate the genre...It's a testimony to Keaton's appeal that audiences accept her in this role and, while the part isn't as fully developed as in Something's Gotta Give, her presence enriches the proceedings.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Review Unless she's reined in by a strong director, Diane Keaton will often indulge in her most exasperating mannerisms--the nervous tics and flaky, off-kilter delivery that have been the Oscar winner's cinematic stock-in-trade since her Seventies-era films with Woody Allen. But whereas Allen knew how to exploit Keaton's quirky, neurotic persona to endearing effect in Annie Hall (1977), Michael Lehmann basically allows her to run amuck in the treacly date movie Because I Said So. Playing a ditzy control freak of a mother with serious boundary issues, Keaton comes across as such a screeching, flailing flibbertigibbet that you want to give her costars tranquilizer dart guns...Although Because I Said So represents a misfire for Keaton, she'll hopefully rebound in a role better suited to her idiosyncratic gifts.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Keaton,Diane
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Adam Nayman, Eye Weekly ...Moore gives a terrifically appealing performance...
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel Lots of heart and plenty of laughs.
Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter ...Lauren Graham brings a welcome deadpan sensibility...

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