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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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Michael Lehmann
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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
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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

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Italian

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Because I Said So See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,122,865, 4 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,674,040, 5 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,485,490, 12 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Daphne Wilder: Well, who would you choose for my daughter?
Johnny: Me.
Daphne Wilder: What? No way!
Johnny: Why not?
Daphne Wilder: Oh, please. I am not setting my daughter up with an attractive, charming musician who will just break her heart.
Johnny: Wow. I love being reduced to a cultural cliche.
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Alternate Versions

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

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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Bossaland
Written and Performed by Pete Snell
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It's just fun :)
3 February 2007 | by molkath17See all my reviews

I don't want to lie to you, I'm not a Diane Keaton fan, nor am I a Mandy Moore fan. Besides asking yourself why I even saw this movie, you should wonder how it managed to get a 9 from me despite my tastes.

Well, I went because my friends wanted to see it. And I gave it a 9 because I thought it was surprisingly good. It's not intense, it's not fast-paced, it's not a mind-bender. It's just a fun thing to watch. Diane Keaton is energetic and so much fun - and I promise you that by the end of the movie, she'll have (in some way or another) reminded you of your own mother. And Mandy Moore is very good as the quirky daughter who is, in reality, very much like her mother. It's just a sweet tale - most likely for women only - that reminds girls and their mothers that they're not alone in the battles. (Though viewers be warned - there's a little sexual content. And a little more conversation about sexual content...)

There's nothing terribly unique about it, but the writing is good and the plot is entertaining. There aren't going to be any surprises, it's just entertaining, lively, and very sweet.


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