"Controlling Mother and Out-Of-Control Promiscuity"
What You Need To Know:
BECAUSE I SAID SO is a slice-of-life romantic comedy. It boasts a terrific cast with well-thought, three-dimensional characters as well as good directing and laugh-out-loud comedy. However, the movie is rather formulaic and predictable in its plotting. The movie also contains much too much sexual content! This immoral content includes overly graphic descriptions and discussions of sexual situations to implied and depicted fornication.
(RoRo, PaPa, C, FR, Ho, LL, V, SS, NN, AA, MMM,) Strong Romantic worldview that extols passion over reason and makes “love” the pinnacle of the human experience with immoral pagan elements as the promiscuous pursuit of love is the definition and height of that Romantic experience, some light religious elements include Christian reference as woman prays, “Thank you, dear Lord,” and a reference to eastern religion and Zen, plus brief homosexual element as young woman says that she found out her boyfriend was sleeping with her ex-boyfriend, and two elderly women kiss and one quick shot of a transvestite; three obscenities and at least 21 profanities (most of which are light exclamations such as, “oh, God,” “my God,” etc.); one scene of comedic violence where masseuse stands on a woman, wrestles with her and cracks her back; extensive sexual content includes graphic sexual dialogue between a mother and her three daughters throughout the entire movie (MOVIEGUIDE® does not need to elaborate), several scenes implied fornication with the before and after shown as one young woman is even carrying on two promiscuous relationships at the same time, one scene of depicted fornication, although nothing is shown, several scenes of unmarried and passionate kissing, and implied sex between a married couple, mother accidentally clicks on pornographic website, which causes her dog to start humping the ottoman, but woman later goes back to watch the pornographic website, little boy asks woman to show him her genitals (although he uses a different name); nudity includes scene where daughters and mothers are in their bras and panties before getting group massages, women’s backs are shown on the massage tables, another shot of a woman in a bra, several shots of cleavage, upper shoulders and backs seen in pre-fornication and one woman’s midriff is seen; alcohol use includes multiple scenes where alcohol (from wine with dinner to champagne, to beer to strong liquor) is consumed in mostly social settings, although no drunkenness is depicted; no drugs or cigarettes; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes promiscuous relationships between several characters, overbearing mother, and characters lie and deceive each other.
BECAUSE I SAID SO is a re-hashed romantic comedy about Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton), an overbearing and meddlesome mother, who tries to set up her youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore), with the right man so that Milly won’t end up alone like her.
Daphne’s older daughters, Maggie (Lauren Graham) & Mae (Piper Perabo), have both settled down with the right men. However, Milly still does not seem able to find somebody who is not sane, single or straight. So Daphne, who is often told by her daughters that she is hovering a little too closely in their personal lives, decides to find the right man for her daughter by posting a personal ad on a dating website. She then proceeds to hold interviews with each of the prospective suitors so that she can play matchmaker for Milly, and all without Milly’s knowledge!
Then, two men come calling; one of who is the suave and debonair architect Jason (Tom Everett Scott), which Daphne thinks is perfect for her daughter. The other, which Daphne is not so fond of, is Johnny (Gabriel Macht), a salt-of-the-earth musician. As misunderstandings and comedy ensue, Milly must navigate her way through the two relationships in order to find the man of her dreams, while re-defining her adult relationship with her overbearing mother.
BECAUSE I SAID SO is a slice-of-life romantic comedy. It boasts a terrific cast with well-thought, three-dimensional characters as well as good directing and some genuine, laugh-out-loud comedy. However, the movie is rather formulaic and predictable in its plotting. Thus, within the first few minutes of the story, most viewers will know exactly how it will end.
The movie also contains much too much sexual content! From overly graphic descriptions and discussions of sexual situations to implied and depicted fornication, BECAUSE I SAID SO illustrates all too clearly how “love” in our culture has been re-defined by sex. The movie’s strong Romantic worldview with its emphasis on our culture’s sexual definition of “love,” as well as the promiscuity and illicit relationships, are excessive, and MOVIEGUIDE® advises media-wise people to avoid it and spend their time in more worthy pursuits.