Because I Said So

Rated PG-13 102 minutes 2007

Like nearly all of director Michael Lehmann's post-Heathers work, Because I Said So is lazy and uninterested -- a hack-for-hire job any number of film-school grads could have put through its uninspired paces. Set in L.A., the film stars Diane Keaton as Daphne Wilder, a divorced, in-demand caterer whose booming wedding business has done little to persuade her youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore), to tie the knot. And so Daphne does what any concerned parent would: She places an internet personal ad seeking her ideal son-in-law and then proceeds to screen potential candidates for the job. Cue musical montage of variously unattractive, socially graceless, allergy addled, and otherwise ill-suited applicants. Daphne picks a dreamboat architect, but along comes hipster musician Johnny (Gabriel Macht), whose boho charms do little to endear him to Mom but who we know is really the guy to root for because he's chosen the artist's life over the world of corporate conformity. Milly starts dating both, and from there, Lehmann makes some half-hearted stabs at door-slamming farce while limping toward that inevitable "gotcha" moment at which all the characters discover what's really going on and Daphne's whole duplicitous house of cards comes tumbling down.

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Director: Michael Lehmann

Writer: Jessie Nelson and Karen Leigh Hopkins

Producer: Paul Brooks and Jessie Nelson

Cast: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Piper Perabo and Colin Ferguson


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