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Because I Said So
Mandy Moore may finally have her hit
Because I Said So
Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore Star in "Because I Said So".
OPENING WEEKEND: $13,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $50,000,000
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October 20th, 2006: Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is the proud mother of three daughters. Maggie (Lauren Graham), the oldest, is the stable psychologist. Mae (Piper Perabo) is the sexy and irreverent one. Milly (Mandy Moore), the youngest, is the insecure, adorable one and the subject of her family’s desperate attempts to make a love connection. While she has had great success in life professionally running her own catering company, she has had a terrible habit of falling for the wrong guys. Out of plain motherly love, Daphne decides to take it upon herself to set Milly up with the right man in life. She begins her search to find a steady relationship for her troubled daughter, not shying away from going to great and excessive lengths. She even places an ad on the Internet, in hopes of finding the right man. Soon, the battle of wills puts the mother-daughter dynamic to the test. In the end, it may be the three daughters that help Daphne learn an important life lesson rather than the other way around.

What to Expect: Writers Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson collaborated on the screenplay to the amusing life drama “Stepmom.” The two got the idea for “Because I Said So” from an actual online advertisement. A parent was using a real-life website to auction off a hapless adult child stricken by an unlucky streak in love. Having seen tons of similarly themed, although somewhat staged, scenarios on the dozens of MTV’s relationship shows, I’m not surprised that this sort of a behavior is getting a modern, big screen treatment. Director Michael Lehmann has directed some tremendous duds in the past, including Airheads, Hudson Hawk, and My Giant, but his first feature, Heathers, will forever be championed as a masterpiece by one generation of teenagers after another. The darkly twisted comedy has become a cult classic, although Lehmann has never been able to achieve the same level of quirkiness since then. That’s why the union of the unusual idea, the two female writers, and the comedy director may prove to be quite a winning combination.

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The three lead actresses that portray the daughters in the film appear to have had a terrific on-set chemistry. Lauren Graham, who is best known for her long-running television show “Gilmore Girls,” plays Maggie, the oldest and most mature of the three and the one that seems to hold the entire family together. Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Prestige) plays Mae, the sexiest and most rebellious of the daughters. She may even be a little oversexed, really. Finally, songstress Mandy Moore will portray the youngest and most insecure girl in the group. The actress is seriously trying to bounce back from the commercial disappointments of her latest films like Saved! and American Dreamz, which have actually garnered fairly positive reviews from critics. She has been cute enough for movie stardom for several years now, but it seems like this may be the project that will finally allow her to make that jump. Encouraged by the filmmakers to spend some time together and allow for real relationships to form, the three girls bonded while talking about their eBay purchases. Who knew that women could bond over talking about shopping? The three have actually collaborated on two different songs that will be featured in the movie. They cover “I Met Him On A Sunday” by the Shirelles and “It’s All Right” by the Impressions. One of the songs is featured in the movie in a scene where the girls play the piano.

In the film, Moore’s character constantly relies on the advice of her family, who are always just a phone call away. In one scene, she uses her cell phone to call them from a bathroom to discuss the prospects of a potential one-night stand. The film is likely to be brimming with a variety of similar moments, whether realistic or not. Moore has described it as a record of the cute rapport and conversations that sisters, mothers, and daughters tend to have with each other. As they weave from being good friends to worst enemies and back again, the situations can be both amusing and upsetting at the same time. Being a male, I’m not entirely well versed in such matters, but having observed how my mother behaves around her sister or her mother, I guess I understand a little bit. The film will try to explore some of the complexities of that mother-daughter relationship, without veering too far away from the comedy. In fact, I doubt that it will delve into any truly profound psychological explorations. It will probably resemble episodes of “Friends” or “Will & Grace” more than anything else. Ultimately, it will be about those poor choices that we tend to make knowing the consequences: doing the wrong things for the right reasons.

In Conclusion: Girls on the Internet seem to be gushing about just how adorable this film sounds. Given the cast, particularly Diane Keaton’s inclusion, I’d say there is some promise. Keaton is just the right type of fun, veteran actress that can play a best friend and can also bring a little class and sophistication to the entire group – make it seem a little less like a slumber party and a little more like a story with weight and tragedy. As a result, she may help transform it into Mandy Moore’s first huge hit. Yes, this is probably going to be a chic flick with several moments of complete absurdity or banality, but the filmmakers that devised this premise have the ability to bring charm into it. The film will be targeted at a very specific group of young girls and will probably succeed among them.

Similar Titles: The First Wives Club, Hanging Up, How to Deal, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
February 2nd, 2007 (wide)
May 8th, 2007 (DVD)

Universal Pictures

Michael Lehmann

Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, Tom Everett Scott, Tony Hale, Stephen Collins

Total: 51 vote(s).

Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity

102 min





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