Because I Said So Synopsis
A meddlesome woman (Diane Keaton) tries to find the perfect man for her daughter (Mandy Moore).
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By James Berardinelli
Despite being rooted firmly in "chick flick" territory (with a high "cuteness" index), it has the capacity to please to viewers of both...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Amongst the cardboard-cutout supporting characters, Lauren Graham brings a welcome deadpan sensibility to the overeager proceedings.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Keaton is so over-the-top, so loud and so physically animated that when Daphne develops a case of laryngitis mid-way through the movie,...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Because I Said So might have been sharper if it had focused on the mother/daughter relationship and didn't blunt its story with romantic...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Formulaic romantic junk.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This slapdash, charmless, baldly boomer-chasing romantic comedy, directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers) from a clunky, orgasm-obsessed...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A sloppily made bowl of reheated chick-flick cliches.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a dreadful exercise, tin-eared and sincere, bereft of any truth or inspiration.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's so derivative, unfunny and thuddingly bad that it's one of the more cringe-inducing movies of a genre chock-full of clunkers.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This film bespeaks a truly startling mistrust of the movie audience, and, what's more, a disrespect for the feature film medium. Yes, of...
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A weak, offensive overall horrible movie!!!!!!!!

By Ewansgal88
First of all, most scenes fell flat. It was a lame, weak predictable plot. Most importantly however, I have never been so offended in my life!!!! The overall implication was that a woman cannot be...

Helarious Movie!

By laurielle
I took my mom with me and we were just cracking up the whole time! Its a must see!...

absolutely ridiculous

By jed77
who honestly said "hey this is going to be a good movie" and put their stamp of approval on this script?? Who actually gave the go ahead to film this movie? If you do decide to see it, don't be...

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By lobesters
Diane Keaton was the star of the show. she is so good in her portrayal of a meddling mom I can feel the "pain" from the daughter. However, the daughter is not so convincing that she is distraught...

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By nauset9
worth seeing on several levels. The comic abilities of Diane Keaton continue to entertain, with sight gags (the succession of cakes that are made, carried, and somehow, even after several of these...

Because I Said So - When A Good Mother Goes Bad

By lmaturo
The movie was just hilarous. The single mother of three girls has two married, and dosen't like the choices in men the third daughter makes, so she decieds to do something about it. What she does...

Loved It!!

By sidi
Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton have great chemistry. The storyline was good, super funny and the costumes!! To die for......A chick flick for every woman....

To Kill an Afternoon

If you are working hard, need a break, and are a'll like the movie. No heavy thinking required. All the women are thin, pretty and get their man. You know the ending [happy] five minutes...

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By Siskel alive
What a disappointment!!!!! This was not the kind of movie Diane Keaton should be associated with. The movie was shallow and not worth the price of a ticket....

because I said so

By flxchix
Love Diane Keaton, not a fan of Mandy M. but it was a fun movie...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Keaton and Moore can't save bland, cliched romcom.
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