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Because I Said So -- Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton stars with Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo in this heartwarming comedy about mothers, daughters and cutting the apron strings.
Because I Said So -- Milly meet Johnny
Because I Said So -- Clip:  Gabriel Macht On One of the Themes of the Film
Because I Said So -- A meddling mother (Keaton) tries to set her daughter (Moore) up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps.
Because I Said So -- Clip:  Diane Keaton On a Mother's Intense Love


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Writers (WGA):
Karen Leigh Hopkins (written by) &
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2 February 2007 (USA) See more »
She's just your normal, overprotective, overbearing, over-the-top mother.
A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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

Ingrid Sanai Buron ... Singing Bride
Jennifer Bolton Lee ... Daphne's Masseuse (as Satya Lee)

Alexis Rhee ... Maggie's Masseuse
Shu Lan Tuan ... Milly's Masseuse

Steve Little ... Bad Teeth Guy

John Ross Bowie ... Cute Food Spewing Guy

Parvesh Cheena ... Foreign Guy

Doug Budin ... Sneezer

Willam Belli ... Transsexual
Carlo Manchini ... Arnold (as Carlo Michael Mancini)

Mary Pat Gleason ... Iris

Judi Barton ... Jason's Mother
Rudolph Willrich ... Jason's Father

David Purdham ... Uncle Philip

P.J. Byrne ... Photographer
Edith Jefferson ... Female Senior
Holly Westen ... Catering Staff

Nate Petre ... Bleached Teeth Guy

Allison Caetano ... Roller Blader

Chris Monberg ... Roller Blader
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joey Genitempo ... Potential Date

Curt Clendenin ... Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)

Zachary Gordon ... Little Arthur (uncredited)

Garett Maggart ... Contractor / Carpenter (uncredited)

Choice Plasencia ... Cupcake Kid (uncredited)

Michael Q. Schmidt ... Chubby Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Opender Singh ... Suitor (uncredited)

Courtenay Taylor ... Computer Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Lehmann 
Writing credits
Karen Leigh Hopkins (written by) &
Jessie Nelson (written by)

Produced by
Paul Brooks .... producer
Michael Flynn .... executive producer
Karen Leigh Hopkins .... associate producer
Jessie Nelson .... producer
Michael Newstat .... producer
Scott Niemeyer .... executive producer
Wendy Rhoads .... co-producer
Jonathan Shore .... associate producer
Norm Waitt .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Kitay 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat 
Film Editing by
Paul Seydor 
Troy Takaki 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
Art Direction by
Christopher Tandon 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist: Ms. Keaton (as Frida Aradottir)
Hayley Cecile .... additional makeup artist
Ginger Damon .... assistant hair stylist
Kelcey Fry .... makeup artist: Ms. Keaton
Zoe Hay .... additional makeup artist
Julie Hewett .... makeup department head
Polly Lucke .... department head hair: additional photography (as Polly Luke)
Beth Miller .... department head hair
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Ms. Keaton
Michelle Vittone .... key makeup artist (as Michellee Vittone-McNeil)
Marsha Shearrill .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Flynn .... unit production manager
Joanna L. Rees Jones .... post production executive
Jeff Levine .... executive in charge of production: Gold Circle Films
Christa Vausbinder .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keri Bruno .... second second assistant director
Michael McCue .... second assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director: additional photography unit
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Bob Brown .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Claudia Bonfe .... set dressing buyer
Tony Bridgers .... construction foreman
Gretchen Engel .... art department coordinator
Maureen Farley .... property master
Jane Fitts .... graphic designer
Joey Genitempo .... stand-by painter
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman
Richard Lambert .... lead man
Curtis Laseter .... construction coordinator
Joe Monaco .... set dresser
Mark Moretti .... storyboard artist
Adam Mull .... art department assistant
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser
Natalie Richards .... set designer
John Risso .... paint supervisor
Rodney Rosene .... set dresser
Scott Schutzki .... set dresser
Nathan A. Smith .... set decorating shopper
Nathan A. Smith .... shopper
Shanna Starzyk .... art department assistant
Fante Zamora .... set dresser
Doug Anderson .... lead plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... production sound mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Johnna Chism .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Ferro .... utility sound
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
P.K. Hooker .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Steve LeSieur .... foley editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Malaize .... sound intern
James Morioka .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Rob Nokes .... sound effects field recordist
John A. Pagano .... assistant sound editor
Jeremy Peirson .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Reale .... sound mixing recordist
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Ben Wienert .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Frank Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Laura Michl .... production assistant
Rudy Perez .... special effects
Jennifer M. Sheppard .... special effects project coordinator
Visual Effects by
Marc Canas .... scanning/recording
Ozzie Carmona .... digital compositor
Rick Cortes .... Inferno artist
Alan De Castro .... digital artist
David Geoghegan .... digital optical compositor
Michael Grawert .... digital effects artist
Cristian A. Kong .... digital compositor
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Rodney Montague .... digital intermediate producer
Nichole Moraila .... billing coordinator
Josh Mossotti .... visual effects
Tristan Rayos .... digital I/O
Greg Rodin .... digital imaging lead camera: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Antonio Torres .... digital artist: Pacific Title
John Ashker .... stunt driver
Bob Brown .... stunt coordinator
Troy Lindsay Brown .... stunt performer
Jennifer Caputo .... stunt driver
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
Oakley Lehman .... stunts
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Marta Merrifield .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt performer
Ray Siegle .... stunt driver
Nicole Surels .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Barnes .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tom Cantrell .... electrician
Adam Castro .... assistant camera
Paul Caven .... rigging electrician
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Gagnier .... first assistant camera: second unit
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric
Johnny E. Jensen .... additional director of photography
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... lighting technician
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
Grg Magidow .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Greg Magidow)
Don Muirhead .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ryan Muirhead .... film loader
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator
Kenny Schneider .... electrician
Ian Strang .... electrician
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
John Trunk .... video assist operator
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yulia Gershenzon .... costumer
Valerie Laven-Cooper .... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Lax .... key costumer
Meredith J. Murray .... costumer
Deanna M. Saul .... daycheck costumer
Katie Saunders .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Day Young .... costumer: Ms. Keaton
Editorial Department
Corinne Bogdanowicz .... digital intermediate colorist
Alanna De Carlo .... post-production assistant
Adam DesCombes .... post-production assistant
Patrick Flannery .... additional editor
Michael Grawert .... assistant colorist
Brian Guillaudeu .... Promo Editor
Kate Kroll .... post-production coordinator
Bryan Lamoureux .... first assistant editor
Shoshanah Tanzer .... post-production assistant
Amy Tompkins .... digital intermediate editor
Aisla Webster .... post-production coordinator
Kay Sievert .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Aarvold .... music scoring mixer
Jane Ashworth .... assistant music clearances: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Gary Barlough .... score mixer
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Artie Butler .... musician: piano accompanist, Ms. Keaton
Joel Derouin .... musician: violin solos
Grant Geissman .... musician: guitar soloist
Scott Hosfeld .... musician
William Levine .... orchestrator
Sue Medley .... guitar class coordinator
Ralph Sall .... soundtrack album producer
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Sarah Webster .... music clearances: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Oliver Eisenger .... transportation captain
Steve Luce .... driver
Jimmy Ray Pickens .... driver
Dennis M. Steere .... driver
James Waitkus .... driver
Other crew
Michael Alexander .... animal trainer
Lesa Andelson .... production counsel
Alex Apple .... key assistant location manager
Carrie Arnold .... assistant production coordinator
Aynsley Baldwin .... stock footage coordinator
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Matthew Benson .... production coordinator: Gold Circle Films
John Bocchicchio .... set medic
Charles Canzoneri .... cast assistant: Ms. Moore (as Chuck Canzaneri)
Chris Doss .... executive in charge of finance
Joshua M. Dragotta .... assistant location manager
Mikey Eberle .... production assistant
Chloe Finch .... production assistant
Manu Gargi .... assistant production coordinator
Suraj Gohill .... consultant: financing
David Goodin .... accounting clerk
Casey Green .... video/computer playback operator
Jason Hariton .... studio stage manager: re-shoots
Aaron Jennings Hartnell .... stand-in
Eric A. Haynes .... assistant production office coordinator
Stephanie Heaton .... assistant: Ms. Keaton
Alison Hoberman .... craft service
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Jennifer Hoffman .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Cory Johnson .... production assistant
Heather Joyce .... marketing executive
Lisa Knight .... business affairs and post production coordinator
Kate Kroll .... stock footage coordinator
Robert Lamkin .... caterer
Julien Lemaitre .... production coordinator
Jill S. Litwin .... set production assistant
Matt Loatman .... cast assistant: Ms. Keaton
Max Macat .... intern loader
Emily Maisano .... assistant: Ms. Nelson
Kathy McCurdy .... key assistant location manager
Juan Melendez .... production coordinator: titles
Ralph B. Meyer .... key location manager
Shaun O'Banion .... cast assistant: Ms. Moore
Kimi Porter .... production assistant (as Kimi A.E. Porter)
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
David Schuety .... production assistant
Wonder Fortune Serra .... assistant: Mr. Lehmann & Ms. Nelson
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Kim Siedentopf .... production assistant
Luke Slendebroek .... film technician
Mary Sunshine .... key production accountant
Jim Swidarski .... payroll accountant
Dylan Tarason .... production executive
Scott L. Treger .... utility stand-in
Garson Yu .... title designer
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Lori Johnson .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity
USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The names of the daughters, Maggie (Lauren Graham), Milly (Mandy Moore), and Mae (Piper Perabo), come from an e.e. cummings poem that starts "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May went to the beach to play one day." A student in Johnny's guitar class is named Molly.See more »
Continuity: When Daphne's daughters bring out her birthday cake, the candles on the lower half of the cake are not lit. When they set it on the table all the candles are lit.See more »
Daphne Wilder:[after hearing Jason kind of propose to Milly] Did he just propose? Because I think he just proposed.
Maggie:I think he did, but the question is to who?
Daphne Wilder:Maggie quit being a kill joy.
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63 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
The chickiest flick I have ever seen in my life, 19 January 2008
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

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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