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it very nice movies I love it

Nothing says "chick flick" like a film where the end-all, be-all for the female characters is heterosexual monogamy (sanctioned by the state and a nondenominational church of your choice, of course). Directed by Michael "I Directed Heathers" Lehmann (40 Days and 40 Nights, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Airheads, Hudson Hawk), Because I Said So tells us everything we need to know from the first scene (e.g., agenda, subtext, themes), an outdoor wedding that introduces the major characters. In case we weren't paying attention, the second scene gives us a second wedding. Each time, though, the focus isn't on the woman getting married but on the overbearing, controlling, manipulative Daphne (Diane Keaton) and the victim of her intense devotion and suffocating attention, Milly (Mandy Moore), her youngest daughter.

As it turns out, Daphne is about to turn 60 and she wants Milly to have what she doesn't have and hasn't had for years, a long-term relationship with a willing member of the opposite sex. After all, her two other daughters, Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo), have followed the monogamy script. While Mae doesn't seem to have a job, Maggie has a burgeoning practice as a psychologist. Milly, on the other hand, is been in and out of one bad relationship after another, but that hasn't stopped her from running her own successful catering business. Concerned that Milly won't find "Mr. Right" on her own, Daphne takes the next, logical step, placing a personals ad online, not for herself, but for Milly.

After interviewing close to twenty potential suitors (cue montage), all unsuitable for her daughter, at a hotel bar, Daphne settles on the seemingly perfect candidate, Jason (Tom Everett Scott). A successful architect (are there any other kind?), Jason charms Daphne with his attitude and language skills (he knows a few Italian words and phrases). While waiting for the next interviewee, Daphne chats up Johnny (Gabriel Macht), a musician playing at the bar. Sight unseen, he develops an interest in Milly, under the assumption that Daphne's efforts must somehow reflect Milly's charms. Daphne prefers the more serious-minded, better off Jason, but before she knows it, Milly's dating both Jason and Johnny and is torn between making her mother happy and making herself happy.

No points for guessing where Because I Said So ends up. It's a romantic comedy after all and although both suitors have their strong points, it's blatantly obvious which way our sympathies are being manipulated by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson's screenplay and who Milly will pick before the end credits make their appearance (hint: it's not the guy with the temper). Daphne's self-imposed celibacy and "everything for my daughters" attitude gets a makeover when she meets Johnny's single dad, Joe (Stephen Collins). It's not particularly believable, less because of any chemistry issue between Keaton and Collins and more because their scenes together take up so little screen time. Because I Said So ends like it begins, with tribulations overcome, differences mended, mothers and daughters mended, and a cheery, beachside wedding.

At first glance, Because I Said So seems innocuous enough. It's not, though, not because Daphne and her daughters talk explicitly about their sex lives with their mother, a hard-to-believe-they're talking-about-it subject, but due to its simplistic, idealized marriage-solves-everything message. That's expected from formula-driven romantic comedies, and Because I Said So is a follows the formula to the letter. More troubling, though, is Daphne's presumably well-intentioned, therefore forgivable, lying, all for her daughter's sake and Milly's thoughtless dishonesty toward men she ostensibly cares about, something that makes Milly a less root-worthy character, especially as Because I Said So winds down toward the inevitable denouement, the third and, thankfully, last wedding.
Need a middle-aged single mom? Call Diane Keaton.

In what has become her calling card Keaton plays a single mom who is looking for love. Too proud to admit it, she concerns herself with the lackluster love-life of her youngest of three daughters (Mandy Moore). She takes it upon herself to place an ad on the internet to find the perfect "mate" for her daughter and the predictable banter ensues. Her daughter is then torn between the successful businessman who her mother found via the ad and the musician with a young child. When all her daughters get fed up with her antics, they tell her that it is HER that needs more of a love life.

It has some laughs but its entirely predictable and extremely sappy. Besides Keaton, the film has some credible actors like Lauren Graham, Stephen Collins, and Tom Everett Scott. As much as you try and give it a chance, if you have seen some of Keaton's recent films, you'll really feel like you're having de ja vu. Keaton has become the older female version of John Cusack/Hugh Grant playing these same roles over and over. From someone who really admires Keaton's earlier work, its kind of disappointing to see her fall into this trap. Unless there is nothing else to see, I would wait till this one becomes a rental.
:rotten: I am sorry I have to say that this movie was really quite boring. The family didn't seem real, there was no on screen chemistry. Mandy Moore isn't old enough for a mom to be worried about whether or not she finds a man, she should be more concerned that she's having sex with lots of men. My friend and I were going to go see Dreamgirls but we say this instead. I don't thinnk we made a good choice.:(
All I have to say is that I wanted to strangle Diane Keaton this entire movie. I never want to feel the need to strangle Diane Keaton. I love Diane Keaton and the very fact that I felt the need to strangle her makes it so that this movie deserve a big fat zero. The script would place it even farther below a zero. Half way through I began to realize I'd lost the plot and that I really didn't like anyone or anything that came out of their mouths. It was just HORRIBLE. The more I think about it the more upset I get. I hated all the main characters and could care less what happend to them. My god, it was bad. The high points were Lauren Graham (she manage to actually get some of the gag worthy lines out decently) and Johnny's family (one, yes just one of Mandy Moore's love interests. How she got one let alone two is beyond me). Lauren Graham and her suicidal patient were entertaining and from there it was beyond down hill. Yuck...

Sorry if this was less than coherent, I think I may need to go barf now.




Umm... terrible. Yep. In one word that is what this movie is. It had potential though. Diane Keaton is not a terrible actress. That chick from Gilmore Girls is not a terrible actress. And Mandy Moore is not a terrible actress. I did enjoy seeing one of the Onedors (That Thing You Do) in the movie, that was a bright spot amidst a sea of disappointment. I blame this more on the writing, directing, producing, and unfortunately the over acting of Diane Keaton. This movie was too long and irritating. I could have cared less if Mandy Moore's character ever found the right guy. Heck she was only in her early 20's in the movie.


J's Advice: I warned you.






Because I said so was actually a really good movie full of laughs. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I guess I was expecting the typical comedy where all of the funny parts are shown in the trailer, but not in this case.


Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton play the perfect mother/daughter pair who can't live with or without each other. Constantly arguing about their lives, they finally come to an understanding and realize that they are who they are and can help each other find what they've always been searching for.

Because I Said So

This is a cute romantic comedy. It was over the top at times but really hit home at others. Mandy Moore is excellent.
Because I Said So (2007 dir. Michael Lehmann): 3/10

This week I didn't really see as many movies as last week, but I actually enjoyed both. The first movie was a hilarious romantic comedy, Because I Said So, and the other was a all blood and action movie, Smokin' Aces.

Because I Said So is about Daphne (Diane Keaton) and her three daughters, Milly (Mandy Moore), Maggie (Lauren Graham from 'Gilmore Girls'), and Mae (Piper Perabo from 'Coyote Ugly' and 'Cheaper by the Dozen 1 and 2'). The movie is mainly centered around the mother (Daphne) and Milly the youngest. Daphne is about to celebrate her 60th Birthday and is trying focus on Milly's love life instead. Daphne is trying so hard to find the perfect match for her youngest and unwed daughter she completely forgets to think about Milly's own feelings and their relationship. She does find 'her guy for her' through the Internet while Milly finds herself a man. She ends up dating both and the movie takes you through the ups and downs of a overbearing mother and the juggling of two men.

I went in expecting a crappy movie the way the reviews have been written. I was so pleasantly surprised, this is by far, 100%, no 200%, a chick flick. This is also mom and daughter/s movie, many jokes don't quite make since if you have experienced it. I was laughing so hard throughout the movie. I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to be seen as a mother/daughter occasion or if your in for a hilarious romantic/chick flick movie.

Smokin' Aces is about a mob boss turned FBI snitch, Buddy 'Ace' Israel (Jeremy Pivin), the three assassin teams, the team to bring Ace into protect custody, and the FBI. The first team of assassins are Georgia Sykes (Alica Keys) and Sharice Watters (Taraji Henson). The second team is Darwin Tremor (Chris Pine), Jeeves Tremor (Kevin Durand), and Lester Tremor (Maury Sterling). The third team is just a one many team of Pasquale Acosta "S.A. Gerald Diego" (Nester Carbonell). These three teams of assassins are paid to find and kill Buddy 'Ace' Israel a sleazy magician working as 'sidekick boss' to Mob boss Primo Sparazza. The FBI team of Agent Donal Carruthers (Ray Liotta) and Agent Richard Messner (Ryan Renolds), under the orders of Stanley Locke (Andy Garcia) overhear the plot to kill their key witness to putting the despised Mob boss, Primo Sparazza and his whole crew away for life. The hirer their own crew of Hollis Elmore (Martin Henderson), "Pistol" Pete Deeks (Peter Berg), and Jack Dupree (Ben Affleck) to safely bring Buddy 'Ace' Israel into protected custody, who gets their orders briefly with Rupert "Rip" Reed (Jason Bateman). The movie then takes you through the intricate plot of how the FBI tries to protect their key witness from assassination.

Going into this movie, had no clue what it was about, who was in it, or what the critics were saying. All I knew about this film was that it was bloody. Boy was I surprised. The blood didn't bother me at all, and the actors and actresses were amazing. Alicia Keys did great in her big screen debut, and I think she has a long big screen career ahead of her. You can't go wrong with Ryan Renolds, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Jermy Piven, and Ben Affleck. I love them all and they all did a great job. I was surprised with the great job Ryan Renolds did, slowly and brilliantly crossing from comedy to drama/action. From movies like "Waiting" and "Van Wilder" to "Blade: Trinity (Great Movie by the way)" and now adding this to his resume will surely open up new opportunities. The movie keeps you thinking, glued to the screen except for the few 'Oh Gross' and 'I can't watch this' scenes that could easily have been from the bloodiest and goriest horror films I have seen, and then even throws a twist at the end. I actually really enjoyed this movie and recommend this to the ones who can stomach the blood.
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