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Because I Said So Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

It's dumbly inoffensive, unless you're offended by things that induce napping. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    26

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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 course it was conceived as an unpretentious entertainment pitched mainly to girls and young women. Yet that doesn't explain the nightmarish quality of the finished product.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This slapdash, charmless, baldly boomer-chasing romantic comedy, directed by Michael Lehmann (Heathers) from a clunky, orgasm-obsessed script by Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson, is the lazy studio's answer to a call for more age-appropriate entertainment for "More" magazine readers.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Formulaic romantic junk.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Amongst the cardboard-cutout supporting characters, Lauren Graham brings a welcome deadpan sensibility to the overeager proceedings.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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 genders who appreciate the genre.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Keaton and Moore can't save bland, cliched romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids under 14 (even big Mandy Moore fans) probably won't be interested in this flat, unoriginal romantic comedy. The film's humor is based on a very tired stereotype: the aggressively interfering mother. Her interest in her youngest daughter's love life leads to silly jokes, sexual imagery (women appear in their underwear, some kissing, a brief montage shows one woman with two different partners), and innuendo (including discussion about -- and re-enactment of -- orgasms). Very mild language for PG-13 ("ass," "damn it") and some tame social drinking.

  • Families can talk about romantic comedies. How is this movie like other romantic comedies you've seen? Why do movies in this genre tend to follow the same pattern? Can you think of any examples of obvious "romantic comedy" elements (i.e. making Milly's boyfriends so different that her choice seems obvious to viewers)? Families can also talk about overbearing parents. How can suggestions that are intended to be helpful end up hurting the person they're directed at? Besides criticizing them, how else could Daphne encourage her daughters?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A mother berates her adult daughter and interferes in her dating life; sisters withhold information; Milly cheats on both boyfriends; boyfriends are alternately scheming, angry, and possessive.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Pratfalls (two involving cakes); suggestion that a suicidal patient jumps out a window (cake falls on the patient's head).

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    Sex: Mother and daughters appear in underwear in locker room (their bottoms appear in close-up and they discuss thongs), subtitled references to Daphne's need for a "stiff one" and "poofter" Daphne watches porn Web site (sounds are explicit; imagery is not); dog humps stool; reference to "woody" discussion of orgasm (with daughter acting out what it's like for her mother); some cleavage; Daphne worries that an unbuttoned dress shows that her daughter is "asking for it" non-explicit montage of sex scenes (Milly with two men); little boy says "gina" (for vagina) and "penis" kissing/making out between Daphne and Joe, who later appear in bed together.

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    Language: Mild language: "ass," "damn it," plus semi-joke about "Italian for 'late'" ("retardo") and several sexual innuendoes.

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    Consumerism: Reference to Mentos.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking on social occasions (wine, champagne, brandy).

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