only wanted the best for her daughters but having seen Maggie (Graham) and
Mae (Perabo) married to good men, that only left her youngest Milly (Moore)
without someone special in her left. With one disastrous relationship after
another, Daphne decides to take matters into her own hands and writes her
an Internet personal add and sets about interview prospective suitors herself.
Most people have
stories of meddling relatives or friends trying to set them up with someone
but Diane Keaton's character would be everyone's worst nightmare.
Everyone knows or
has heard of someone who has had their love life meddled with by a relative
or friend who think they can make better choices and this is a movie that
plays on that. Diane Keaton's Daphne would be anyone's worst nightmare.
Completely controlling and overbearing but at heart wanting the best for
her only unmarried daughter, the problem is that she doesn't know when to
stop or how far is too far.
By placing a personal
ad on a dating website, Daphne interviews prospective boyfriends for Milly
and finds what she thinks is her perfect match. That man is Jason, played
by Tom Everett Scott, a charming architect with money and love of poker
dots, her favourite pattern. Is she right for Milly however, that seems
to be the furthest thing from her mind. Watching her interview all these
prospects was musician Johnny, played by Gabriel Macht, who just happed
to think that he could be the perfect date for Milly. Daphne's daughter
then starts dating both men and that is when the emotions really start to
From the description
above one thing is really obvious, this is a movie that is aimed squarely
at a female target audience. The film is the definition of the 'Chick-Flick',
meaning that most males will find nothing about the movie appealing. With
themes of love, relationships and every other girly theme you can think
of, the female audience will adore everything about this film but if you
drag your boyfriend, partner or husband along to this, he won't thank for
'Because I said
So' is an all out girly movie that will only resonate with its target audience.
Diane Keaton's performance is slightly over the top but Mandy Moore proves
again that she is just as talented an actor as she is a singer. Both Tom
Everett Scott and Gabriel Macht are a little wet however but they are exactly
what women want to see. If you are female you will enjoy this but please
don't make you man sit through this with you because he won't thank you
For Target Audience
Presented in Widescreen
1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is good.
The Making of
'Because I said So' (7.56 mins)
Director Michael Lehmann, producer Paul Brooks, writers Jessie Nelson and
Karen Leigh Hopkins and stars Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht,
Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo come together to talk
about making the movie. The group talk about the embarrassing things that
mothers do and how this became the script for the film. The featurette also
talk about the chemistry between Diane Keaton and the girls, as well as
what the men brought to the movie. This is a short featurette but it does
cover most of the things that fans would like to know.
Designing a 'Wilder'
World (5.37 mins)
Director Michael Lehmann, writer/producer Jesse Nelson, costume designer
Shay Cunliffe, director of photography Julio Macat, cake divas Leigh Grode
and Joan Spitler and stars Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht and
Tom Everett Scott talk about shooting in Los Angeles, the clothes and look
of the piece, the characters and the cakes.
Music Video 'World
Spins Madly On' by the Weepies (3.31 mins)
Watch a montage of footage from the movie, accompanying the Weepies track.
Previews of 'Breach', 'Knocked Up' and 'Curious George: The Series'
With only two short
featurettes and a music video, fans will be very disappointed with the DVD
treatment of 'Because I Said So'. This was a movie crying out for a commentary
track from the stars of the film but sadly you won't be listening to Diane
Keaton and the rest of the girls.
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