Because I Said So

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Director: Michael Lehmann
Cast: Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott
RunTime: 102 mins
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: NC-16

A recipe to a good chick flick: Strong personalities, unpredictability and an emotional touch. If there isn't, it will be... er... just another chick flick.

Because I Said So shows that even the well respected Diane Keaton can go wrong, playing the over-the-top mother Daphne overly concerned with her unlucky-in-love daughter Milly (Mandy Moore). She puts up ads, and interview potential suitors on Milly's behalf, knowing who is good or bad for her daughter. Because she said so.

There is the good guy (the free spirited musician), and the mummy approved not-so-good guy (a promising architect). When faced with a tough choice like this, the scriptwriter says pick the better looking one. Therefore, you would expect the ending right from the start of the movie.

Mandy Moore's movie career has never really took off, despite being quite a natural actress. She just has to pick better scripts and more memorable roles. The same goes to her music career.

Despite clichés and repeated jokes, there are sweet mother-daughter moments and weepy parts. This could hit in off with the female, but their boyfriends may be slightly bored with the predictability. A baker with an uncovered cake can only trip that many times.

Don't say I never said so.

Because I Said So – Another average chick flick

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