1 hour, 45 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity
DVD Features: "The Making of Because I Said So" featurette; Designing a "Wilder" World; "World Spins Madly On" music video by The Weepies.
A busybody mother, Daphne (Diane Keaton "Something's Gotta Give"), nearing her 60th birthday, has three grown daughters - Maggie (Lauren Graham "Bad Santa"), the oldest responsible one; Mae (Piper Perabo "Cheaper by the Dozen"), the sexpot and Millie (Mandy Moore), her unmarried youngest daughter, who's a fantastic cook but can't find Mr. Right. To find potential suitors for Millie, Daphne places an Internet classified ad.
After auditioning a number of would-be boyfriends, Daphne finds what she considers a perfect mate for her nervous, fast-talking and somewhat klutzy daughter. Jason (Tom Everett Scott "That Thing You Do!"), is a smooth talking, ambitious architect and seems to be a perfect choice. But things don't go as planned because Johnny (Gabriel Macht "The Good Shepherd") overhears Daphne questioning other potential suitors and decides to contact Millie on his own. Johnny’s a tattoed, bohemian guitarist and a single dad with a particularly precocious, hyperactive son (Ty Panitz "How to Eat Fried Worms") and who live with his single dad (Stephen Collins "The First Wives Club") in a fashionably cluttered house on a canal in Venice, California. The manipulative but unfulfilled Daphne finds Johnny amusing but quite unsuitable; that is until she falls for his father. Predictable complications arise when Johnny discovers that Millie’s also been dating Jason, and Millie finds out about her mother's machinations.
Mandy Moore's endearing performance makes the movie almost worth seeing if you can overlook Diane Keaton's manic performance. It's not all her fault. Director Michael Lehmann ("Heathers"), who keeps the story moving but not often believable, has her wearing some outlandish outfits and flailing about in slapstick ways, even up to her getting a gooey cake in her face. There are also a bunch of pop tunes used to comment in the most unimaginative, heavy-handed ways on the action, especially in a number of montages that pop up throughout.
Diane Keaton deserves a better film than this one....and so do you.
Diane Keaton ... Daphne
Mandy Moore ... Milly
Gabriel Macht ... Johnny
Tom Everett Scott ... Jason
Lauren Graham ... Maggie
Piper Perabo ... Mae
Stephen Collins ... Joe
Ty Panitz ... Lionel