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Because I Said So

Because I Said So
Starring:
Diane Keaton, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, Mandy Moore, Tom Everett Scott and Gabriel Macht


Rated: PG-13  for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: February 2, 2007 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Diane Keaton plays Daphne, a meddlesome mother of three daughters in a lame romantic comedy.

The two older daughters (Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo) are married, so she focuses on the youngest, twenty-something Milly (Mandy Moore) with a history of rocky relationships.

The fact that Daphne has no man in her life doesn't seem to deter her, and that she should pay attention to her own love life and leave her daughter alone, doesn't enter the picture. So she sets off to find Milly a mate through the Internet, of course without her daughter's knowledge.

After meeting up with a series of men, she finds one who fits the bill. He's a perfectly nice, if a tad uptight, architect played by Tom Everett Scott, also in the running is a charming musician (Gabriel Macht) who Daphne does not approve of, but that Milly likes a lot. Milly begins to date both of them.

One problem with the premise of the film, is there is no reason why either woman - mother or daughter - couldn't get a companion on their own. Both are accomplished, beautiful women with no glaring faults. Milly's biggest flaw is that she has an annoying laugh, and Daphne is a bit klutzy, but other then that they are both catches.

Diane Keaton is such an enjoyable actress to watch, she appears to be someone to have as a friend. So, I was disappointed by thinking I was to be entertained by a film in the mode of Keaton's great Something's Got To Give. What I found instead was a film lacking charm, humor or romance.

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