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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daphne Wilder
... Milly Wilder
... Johnny
... Jason
... Maggie
... Mae
... Joe
... Lionel
... Eli
... Derek
... Stuart
... Milly's Staff #1 / Matisse
... Milly's Staff #2 / Charlie
Emily Maisano ... Milly's Staff #3
... Cousin Dougy's Friend
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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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Comedy | Romance

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

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2 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la recherche de l'homme parfait  »

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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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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 trying to get Milly to pick up the phone and they are both moving the furniture, Daphne is sliding the couch over and it actually keeps sliding for a second (due to someone pulling on the other side) even when Daphne quits pushing. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Daphne Wilder: God couldn't be everywhere so that is why he invented mothers.
Maggie: What? That was on a Hallmark card we gave you
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References Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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I Scream 4 Ice Cream
Written by Hugh Plath and Todd Bozung
Performed by Vermicious Knid
Courtesy of With The Quickness
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There is very little good about this movie
10 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

To each his own, I always say, but my own = this movie was dreadful. Now I have nothing against "chick flicks" and I have nothing against formulaic films, of which this was both, because there's a place for everything & a way to be creative within the genre. I say "very little good" because I can find good things to say: Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, and heck, everyone else in the cast, are stunning to look at. The architecture, furniture and food of the houses you'll see are GORGEOUS. Beyond that? Oh my God, where to start?

The writing was awful; I get the feeling it could've been better if it hadn't been chop-edited to death. The "look what a wacky family we are!" forced hilarity was paaaiiinful to watch. PAINFUL. OVER AND OVER AGAIN. OH MY GOD. Diane Keaton's character was far too over the top (and contrary to what people have said, no, she does not remind me of my mother or any mother I know. Plus, her costume designer ought to be, ahem, washed up & hung out to dry. Put DOWN those belts and walk away slowly.) There were a couple of scenes that busted out with surprising dialogue or revelations--a couple. The rest of it was just ... let's put it this way, I haven't written a review on IMDb for years, and I felt compelled to do so now.

I'm just glad I didn't pay for the movie, but I apologized to my friend, who had treated me, for wasting her money.

The only other redemptive thing about this movie is that by watching it, I now feel more confident than ever that *I* can get something made in Hollywood.


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