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Because I Said So (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 February 2007 (USA)
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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.


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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? Written by anonymous

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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la recherche de l'homme parfait  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,122,865 (USA) (2 February 2007)


$42,640,890 (USA) (30 March 2007)

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The actual cakes used in the movie are made by the Cake Divas - they have created one-of-a-kind cakes for numerous movies & television shows; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Charmed", "Arrested Development", "Judging Amy", "ER" "NYPD Blue", "The Division", "The Drew Carey Show", "JAG," "MTV Video Awards", "Comedy Video Awards" and many more. See more »


When Daphne and Joe are making out on the couch Daphne undoes her scarf. Then when Milly and Johnny walk in the apartment Daphne's scarf is done up. See more »


Milly: [on the phone with her mother and sisters talking about the guy she's with] Only... I think he might have a hot-dog with a bun.
Daphne Wilder: [not getting it] Are you having a picnic?
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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »


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Entertaining romantic comedy, nothing special
19 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

At a pre-screening and Q&A with Director Michael Lehmann and writer Karen Leigh Hopkins hosted by critic Leonard Maltin, the soon to be released film opened with mixed reactions before the 365 member audience of USC film students. The narrative gets off to a slow start with on opening sequence that fails to arouse much interest or laughter. Only until a joke is shared between Millie (Moore) and her mother (Keaton) about a man's uncircumcised entity does the audience begin laughing. This is fairly representative of the movie's humor. It is consistently funny, but only through cheap and superficial jokes and scenarios. At times it even verges on slapstick. However, credit must be given to both Moore and Keaton who put out stellar performances. Moore proves her ability to be an actress following initial debut in Saved and will hopefully be able to move past her image as teenie-bopper musician. Keaton convincingly portrays an over the top single mother who cannot keep her nose out of her daughters' business. The film will have wide appeal for female audiences as it is about the mother-daughter relationship. But men will also find humor throughout and should not be discouraged to accompany their wives and girlfriends. (Note: Guys, this is a good chance to compromise on seeing a romantic comedy that will not bore or disgust.) The film sticks to genre conventions but the comedy aspect of the film veers from typical. The set design and editing are both noteworthy. The film will provide a fun evening for couples, old and young, at the theater and home.

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