5.7/10
35,967
195 user 112 critic

Because I Said So (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 2 February 2007 (USA)
A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A reverend puts an engaged couple through a grueling marriage preparation course to see if they are meant to be married in his church.

Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, Robin Williams
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Anna wants to be like other girls her age (18): date a guy etc. but she's the US president's daughter and always guarded. In Prague he breaks his promise of only 2 agents following her to a concert and she runs away with Ben to see Europe.

Director: Andy Cadiff
Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon
How to Deal (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A teenager (Moore), disillusioned by too many examples of love gone wrong, refuses to believe that true love exists. Then this new guy (Ford) comes along...

Director: Clare Kilner
Stars: Mandy Moore, Trent Ford, Dylan Baker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A happy newlywed marriage counselor's views on wedded bliss get thrown for a loop when she finds out her parents are getting divorced.

Director: Dermot Mulroney
Stars: Mandy Moore, Kellan Lutz, James Brolin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Saved! (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

Director: Brian Dannelly
Stars: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis to hire a male escort to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.

Director: Clare Kilner
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Mary Fiore is San Francisco's most successful supplier of romance and glamor. She knows all the tricks. She knows all the rules. But then she breaks the most important rule of all: she falls in love with the groom.

Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Mad Money (2008)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

Director: Callie Khouri
Stars: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes
Raising Helen (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After her sister and brother-in-law die in a car accident, a young woman becomes the guardian of their three children.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Emily Maisano ... Milly's Staff #3
Gerald Downey ... Cousin Dougy's Friend
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Italian

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Because I Said So See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,122,865, 4 February 2007

Gross USA:

$42,674,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,485,490
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Daphne is following Millie and Johnny on their first date, at one point Daphne ducks down to avoid being seen by Johnny. When doing so, we see the dog in the back seat and the head and arm of the "stunt driver" in the driver's seat. See more »

Quotes

Milly: You and my mom have been totally scheming. And and and and now I know exactly why she pushed me on you because she was voting for you. She found you.
Jason: Yeah but that doesn't take anything away from us. What matters is that we did meet, and how good this is between us. And the truth of that...
Milly: The truth. Where is the truth? Where is the truth, because you've been living a lie and I've been lying to you Jason.
Jason: Yeah but that doesn't change anything.
Milly: How does that not change... everything?
Jason: Because ...
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Italian version, Milly and Jason are learning French instead of Italian. See more »

Connections

References Love in the Afternoon (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes, My Darling Daughter
Written by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Sandie Shaw
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
sitcom-level romantic comedy
28 May 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

If you can swallow the beautiful and sexy Mandy Moore as an uncoordinated doofus with low self-esteem who can't find a decent guy to go out with her, then you may be able to get into the spirit of "Because I said So." However, you'll also have to put up with Diane Keaton in a truly grating performance as a neurotic control freak of a mother who spends most of her time obsessing over the romantic travails of her youngest daughter, going so far as to post an ad on an internet dating site seeking out prospective husbands for the unsuspecting girl.

The actions of this modern-day Yenta the Matchmaker set into motion a whole host of sitcom-level complications and romantic comedy hijinks that are somehow supposed to be funny but wind up being merely irritating. The screenplay by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson comes replete with a bevy of mother/daughter relationship clichés, with some really lame slapstick routines - Keaton getting stuck on an internet porn site, Keaton getting run over by a skater in a park, Keaton getting a cake in her face etc. - thrown in for bad measure.

Beyond Keaton and Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott and Lauren Graham are just some of the other unfortunate actors trapped inside this "chick flick" fiasco.


41 of 55 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 195 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed