Because I Said So **
Directed by Michael Lehmann
Written by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson
Diane Keaton as Daphne
Mandy Moore as Milly
Lauren Graham as Maggie
Piper Perabo as Mae
Gabriel Macht as Johnny
Tom Everett Scott as Jason
102 Minutes(Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.)
For lack of time, the following is just a minute long review. . .
"Because I Said So" stars Diane Keaton, doing what Diane Keaton has done for the last year. . . two years. . .ten years. . .career. . . The neutric and paranoid middle aged woman, also trying to be a colorful character. She was nominated for an Oscar for "Something's Gotta Give," and since then she has been trying far too hard to recapture why she was so great in that movie-and "Because I Said So" is evidence that she cannot. "Because I Said So" has her playing Daphne, a mother of three who has watched two of her daughters get married, and can't stand to see that the third one, Milly, has yet to even find a man she likes. She sets up her daughter with a man, in secret by placing a personal ad in the paper, and then watches as her daughter falls for another man. In addition, Daphne is not looking forward to her sixith birthday, and her other two daughters find that her actions towards Milly are just a way to cover up her feelings about her upcoming birthday.
"Because I Said So" has many moments that thinks they are funny and clever, and are anything but. One of these involves an adult website, Keaton, and a dog-and then the script has the audicity to put the gag in twice. Keaton is just starting to bore me with her typecast roles, and whenever she is in a trailer for something I cringe. Maybe she should start some new material. There isn't anybody really likable in the film either, and by the end I didn't care how any of the subplots were resolved. Well, that isn't true. I did care about one of Lauren Graham's patients, the delightful Stuart who gets hit in the head with a cake at the very end. Not a very good way to end the film, or a very good way to show the finale to one of the characters. The only decent character. The only one that you give a damn about. Two last things-that little kid is the worst actor around, and very annoying, and when one of the daughters states that the four of them sing, you know that there will be a scene where they all sing. And it's there. Oh trust me, it's there. . .