In this saga of the Wilder women--four skinny twits who eat cake all the time and have no friends--mom Daphne (Diane Keaton) meddles in the lives of her three daughters, particularly that of the youngest, Milly (Mandy Moore). After Daphne posts an Internet ad to find Milly a suitor (behind her daughter's back, of course), two eligible bachelors (Tom Everett Scott, Gabriel Macht) fight for Milly's affection. Pretty much just because the contrived plot says so.
Big question: Is this story of mothers and daughters even entertaining for women?
Skip it: In this exhaustingly irritating flick, men prefer their mother-in-laws overbearing, cakes topple over as often as they're eaten and seemingly every five minutes someone's baking a souffle. The movie tries to mean well, but based on Daphne's longtime despair over her husband's inability to bring her to orgasm, "Because I Said So" is just a romantic alarm clock for women searching for a man who can satisfy them sexually and stay out of their way.
Catch it: For one worthwhile scene about the challenge of parenthood--specifically, motherhood. The rest of the time, Daphne's supposed to be annoying, and boy is she.
Bottom line: Maybe it's the scenes of Keaton trying to keep her dog away from Internet porn or the kid who tells Moore she has a "'gina" or the childish discussions of sex and love or the characters' immensely cliché fondness for old movies, but I couldn't stand "Because I Said So." Then again, I'm neither a mother nor a daughter, so what do I know?
Bonus: Tired of the existing rating system? "Because I Said So" may lead to the creation of a "No men allowed" rating, and it will be the best thing that ever happened to the gender. And a raw deal for women who can still endure this.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Because I Said So'
Directed by Michael Lehmann; screenplay by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson; cinematography by Julio Macat; edited by Paul Seydor and Troy Takaki; production design by Sharon Seymour; music by David Kitay; produced by Paul Brooks and Jessie Nelson. A Universal Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:50. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity).
Daphne - Diane Keaton
Milly - Mandy Moore
Johnny - Gabriel Macht
Jason - Tom Everett Scott
Maggie - Lauren Graham
Mae - Piper Perabo
Joe - Stephen CollinsCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun