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Because I Said So

While men might not be enraptured by the story (a guy near me in the theater fell asleep and snored through most of the movie), the ladies have something for a fun night out, especially since it is Super Bowl weekend and very few men will go anywhere near a movie theater on Sunday.     

Diane Keaton stars as Daphne – the almost 60-year old mother of three adult daughters who is frightened that her youngest, Milly (Mandy Moore), is destined for spinsterhood.  Because she is overbearing, overprotecting and an overall butt-inski, Daphne secretly has placed an ad on an internet dating site to find the perfect man for her daughter, and Mom will be doing the selecting. 

Along the way, Daphne meets who she thinks is the PERFECT man for her daughter - rich, handsome architect Jason (Tom Everett “Shades” Scott).  However, it is another -  guitar playing, tattoo wearing Johnny (Gabriel Macht) - who is intrigued and wants to prove he is the man for Milly (which would be very stalkerish if he wasn’t cute. Ladies, am I right?).

Who will Milly choose?  Who should Milly choose?  Will she discover her mother’s underhanded efforts?

After seeing Code Name: The Cleaner, Epic Movie and Happily N’Ever After, I am confident in telling you that you can see movies much worse than the fairly average Because I Said So.  Writers Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson, as well as director Michael Lehmann, don’t do anything to revolutionize the genre, except to make the modern chick flick raunchier with plenty of scenes catching people “in the act”, adding a bit of potty humor and giving us the most disturbing girl-on-girl action scene you will ever see in a film.  Lehmann needs to smooth out the movie as it feels like he rushes to the big, supposedly memorable and important scenes without building to them because he wants to make and force moments.  Then, he stumbles to the climax and ending.  However, you get what you expect with some funny scenes, a couple of make-you-weep scenes and plenty of female bonding.

Ultimately, Because I Said So works because of Keaton.  Yes, Moore is fine as the youngest daughter, even if it is hard to believe that a sexy girl next door with a nice body, the ability to cook, and a smile that can light up Manhattan would have trouble finding a man.  Plus, I think Lauren Graham, playing Milly’s married sister, delivers one-liners and wry commentary with the precise timing of a high priced Rolex watch (and she is SOOO sexy), while third sister, Mae (Piper Perabo) seems to have no reason whatsoever to be in the movie (she spends most of Because I Said So watching everyone else act, so she might as well have a bucket of popcorn in her hand like the rest of us in the audience). 

However, it’s Keaton who puts in the best, most comical and most emotional performance.  She gets more laughs in a sequence where she has lost her voice than most actors can get with 10-pages of material written by Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart.  Keaton brings the whole movie together as the audience can see how she, along with the rest of the ladies, might be acting crazy, but doing so out of love.

Because I Said So is a decent weekend diversion for those who want an excuse to go to the movies, but don’t want to make a heavy commitment.   

2 ½ Waffles (Out Of 4)         

Because I Said So is rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.

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