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Lauren Graham, Diane Keaton, and Piper Perabo in 'Because I Said So'

Movie Info


PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.




Feb. 2, 2007


Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham


Michael Lehmann


Universal Pictures Distribution


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Because I Said So

Movieguide Magazine - Because I Said So is a re-hashed romantic comedy about Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton), an overbearing and meddlesome mother, who tries to set up her youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore), with the right man so that Milly won’t end up alone like her.

Daphne’s older daughters, Maggie (Lauren Graham) & Mae (Piper Perabo), have both settled down with the right men. However, Milly still does not seem able to find somebody who is sane, single, or straight. So Daphne, who is often told by her daughters that she is hovering a little too closely in their personal lives, decides to find the right man for her daughter by posting a personal ad on a dating website. She then proceeds to hold interviews with each of the prospective suitors so that she can play matchmaker for Milly – and all without Milly’s knowledge!

Then, two men come calling; one of who is the suave and debonair architect Jason (Tom Everett Scott), which Daphne thinks is perfect for her daughter. The other, which Daphne is not so fond of, is Johnny (Gabriel Macht), a salt-of-the-earth musician. As misunderstandings and comedy ensue, Milly must navigate her way through the two relationships in order to find the man of her dreams – all while re-defining her adult relationship with her overbearing mother.

Because I Said So is a slice-of-life romantic comedy. It boasts a terrific cast with well-thought, three-dimensional characters as well as good directing and some genuine, laugh-out-loud comedy. However, the movie is rather formulaic and predictable in its plotting. Thus, within the first few minutes of the story, most viewers will know exactly how it will end.

The movie also contains much too much sexual content! From overly graphic descriptions and discussions of sexual situations to implied and depicted fornication, Because I Said So illustrates all too clearly how “love” in our culture has been re-defined by sex. The movie's strong Romantic worldview with its emphasis on our culture’s sexual definition of “love,” as well as the promiscuity and illicit relationships, are excessive, and MovieGuide® advises media-wise people to avoid it and spend their time in more worthy pursuits.

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Bob Wright, Chairman/CEO
NBC Universal
(A division of General Electric)
Ron Meyer, President/COO
Universal Studios
Marc Shmuger, Chairman
David Linde, Co-Chairman
Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
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