Movie Review: Because I Said So

Because I Said So fills a couple of hours of time with some laughs and several heartwarming moments. There are also scenes where you may want to scream and take a poke at the character, Daphne Wilder. That's Diane Keaton. She is playing the mother of three grown daughters. The two oldest are married and the youngest, Millie, is not. And at the rate she's going Millie may never be married, according to her mother.

Millie (Mandy Moore) is smart, very attractive, successful in her catering business (so she's a terrific cook), but unable to find the "right guy." Part of the reason is that her mother, Daphne, runs her life down to the smallest detail. Daphne is determined to find the "right guy" for Millie. She pushes Millie into chance meetings, picks out her clothes and even her underwear.

Then Daphne, in desperation over her daughter's situation, places an ad in an online dating service. She specifies what Millie wants in a date, but it's actually what Daphne wants. Daphne's problem is that she is a 60-year-old woman whose husband left many years ago. She is desperate to find love and fulfillment through her daughter.

When responses to the ad start flowing in, Daphne meets the young men and she always reveals that she's "shopping" for her daughter. After a string of unsuitable types, a very suitable young man shows up ­ a successful architect, Jason. He connects with Millie.

Meanwhile, Millie, on her own, has met another man who is attracted to her and she falls for him too. Joe, a musician, has a son from a failed marriage and lives with his 60-year-old father.

It all comes together in typical melodramatic fashion, with no real surprises. Give Diane Keaton credit for her portrayal of the overbearing, meddling parent who thinks she is protecting her daughter, but actually trying to fix her own life. My comment that you want to scream at her character attests to her successful portrayal of Daphne Wilder.

But this film, Because I Said So, is enjoyable for the performances of all the cast and for the ample amount of humor in the dialog. There are no bad people in the story, only some good folks who need to take a closer look at themselves and how they react to others. It is not a movie you will remember for a long time, but it is a bit of diverting film-fluff.

Because I Said So is at the Harkins Sedona 6 Theater.


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