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Because I Said So (2007)

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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

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 »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

When Daphne and Joe are watching the old movie classic a scene is playing and the character says "I should have married him" just before Joe kisses Daphne. After they kiss and we see a shot of them from behind the same scene of the movie is playing again. See more »

Quotes

Milly: See that's the fun of the Tuna Pasta Toss. Because it's fun and it's easy. And when you're cooking for one, it's really important to look forward to the end result. You know?
Johnny: What if you want to make it for two?
Milly: It's a little bit more complicated, but I think it can be done. Um... I see some of you have already gone ahead and added your carrots and your pickled relish and remember that some people like dill.
Johnny: Even before I met you I had an instinct about you. Once I saw you were a woman with ...
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Features A Farewell to Arms (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven
Written by Shana Halligan, Kiran Shahani, Michael Railton
Performed by Bitter Sweet (as Bitter:Sweet)
Courtesy of Quango Music Group
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The chickiest flick I have ever seen in my life
19 January 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

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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