Because I Said So

February 2nd, 2007


Because I Said So

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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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.2/10 (17,907 voted)

Critic's Score: 26/100

Director: Michael Lehmann

Stars: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht

Daphne Wilder is a mother whose love knows no bounds or boundaries. She is the proud mom of three daughters: stable psychologist Maggie, sexy and irreverent Mae and insecure, adorable Milly - who, when it comes to men, is like psychotic flypaper. In order to prevent her youngest from making the same mistakes she did, Daphne decides to set Milly up with the perfect man. Little does Milly know, however, that her mom placed an ad in the on-line personals to find him. Comic mayhem unfolds as Daphne continues to do the wrong thing for the right reasons...all in the name of love. In a battle of strong wills, the mother-daughter dynamic is tested in all its fierce, wacky complexity. The girls help Daphne finally discover the truths and impossibilities of motherly love, all while trying to answer the questions: where does it begin and where should it end?

Writers: Karen Leigh Hopkins, Jessie Nelson

Diane Keaton - Daphne Wilder
Mandy Moore - Milly Wilder
Gabriel Macht - Johnny
Tom Everett Scott - Jason
Lauren Graham - Maggie
Piper Perabo - Mae
Stephen Collins - Joe
Ty Panitz - Lionel
Matt Champagne - Eli
Colin Ferguson - Derek
Tony Hale - Stuart
Sophina Brown - Milly's Staff #1 / Matisse
Karen Leigh Hopkins - Milly's Staff #2 / Charlie
Emily Maisano - Milly's Staff #3
Gerald Downey - Cousin Dougy's Friend

Taglines: She's just your normal, overprotective, overbearing, over-the-top mother.


Official Website: Official site [Italy] | Official site [Russia] |

Release Date: 2 February 2007

Filming Locations: Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $13,122,865 (USA) (4 February 2007) (2526 Screens)

Gross: $69,485,490 (Worldwide) (12 October 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Stephen Collins also played Diane Keaton's husband in The First Wives Club.

Continuity: At the very end of the movie after Daphne knocks the cake off the cliff, it hits Stuart on the head. Before it hits Stuart he is placing headphones into his ears. When the cake hits him the one for his left ear is hanging down and is all full of cake, however when he looks up both headphones are in his ears.

Mae: You're not a helicopter, mom. Quit hovering.

User Review

The chickiest flick I have ever seen in my life

Rating: 1/10

Oh, my God, I swear I nearly killed myself while my friend and I were watching this movie. I'm not a chick flick girl and this movie is the reason why. Now I actually do love a few chick flicks that are fun, clever, and just harmless. This movie is extremely harmful to anyone who watches it, after watching this movie I felt like shoe shopping, listening to Sarah McLaughlin, bonding with my mother, moving my furniture, talking about boys, and baking cookies. This is the ultimate stereotype for women and makes us just look oh so bad. But it looked cute from the cover and I like Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, so I wanted to give this movie a chance, but instead it just wasted my time and made me throw up a little in my mouth. I know that sounds bad since I'm a girl, but how in the heck was I supposed to like these characters? They were awful.

Daphne is a protective, manipulative, and pesky little mother who just loves her daughters more than most mothers should. She's especially obsessed with her baby daughter, Milly, who is having a hard time in the love department. Daphne takes out an ad on the internet as a mom looking for her daughter's life partner. She meets Jason, a promising guy who is stable, and a guy, Johnny, a musician with a psychotic son that she's convinced is a heart breaker. Milly meets them both looking "like chance" and she has to decide between stable, rich Jason or sensitive, loving Johnny. You can figure it out from here.

Seriously, these characters were horrible, just first off Daphne just comes off as a possessive and psychotic mom who needs a life so badly, because she's living it through her daughter's. Then Milly, she's dating and sleeping with these two guys at once and then when she gets busted, she's crying and we're supposed to feel bad for her? Why wasn't she just honest with the guys in the first place? The ending was horribly cliché'd as a chick flick film and was incredibly disturbing in some moments. This is an awful movie, I wouldn't recommend it unless you are the ultimate chick flick fan.



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