Because I Said SoDaphne Wilder is the proud mother of three women: Milly, Maggie and Mae, and her love for her offspring knows no bounds. Daphne decides to set Milly up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps.
Critic Reviews of "Because I Said So"
Ebert & RoeperFebruary 20, 2007
I hated this movie. I think it's the worst performance of Diane Keaton's career.
Time OutFebruary 10, 2007
Everyone here is a caricature, and the gaps are papered over with hyperactive shtick. I haven't seen so many cakes dropped or smashed since I Love Lucy.
TIME MagazineFebruary 06, 2007
If you don't expect too much of it, you may find yourself pleasantly -- all right, soothingly -- surprised by it.
CNN.comFebruary 03, 2007
Recycling every cliche in the rom-com handbook, it's clear from the very first that Lehmann has sacrificed his characters on the altar of sappy endings. What a waste -- for everybody.
Wall Street JournalFebruary 02, 2007
As almost everyone knows by now, the early part of the year has become a dumping ground for dreadful movies. Still, Because I Said So constitutes unusually toxic waste.
USA TodayFebruary 02, 2007
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.
BeliefnetDecember 09, 2014
This movie manages to be offensive and yet dull and predictable, as phony as a Kate Spade sidewalk knock-off bag and as unoriginal as the ready-for VH1 soundtrack.
ComingSoon.netJanuary 07, 2011
Because I Said So seems like it's supposed to be a paean of sorts to motherhood and the enduring love that entails, a love so strong that it inevitably drives its possessor somewhat batty. But what it is, is muddled crap.
CinePassionAugust 28, 2009
Like steel pins poking through the eyes
Boston PhoenixApril 23, 2009
The ensuing cycle of miscommunication is endless and trying.
Fayetteville Free WeeklyFebruary 02, 2009
There are chick flicks and upchuck flicks. The movie Because I Said So is an upchuck chick flick.
Hollywood.comNovember 20, 2008
This is a by-the-book chick flick we're talking about, but the writers and director apparently didn't want to push the envelope when it came to the supporting characters -- or the main characters.
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Actors of "Because I Said So"
Diane KeatonBirth date: 5 January 1946, Los Angeles, California, USADescription: Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish.Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair." As understudy to the lead, she gained attention by not removing any of her clothing. In 1970, Woody Allen cast her in his Broadway play "Play It Again, Sam," which had a successful run. It was during this time that she became involved with Allen and appeared in a number of his films. The first one was Play It Again, Sam (1972), the screen adaptation of the stage play. That same year Francis Ford Coppola cast her as Kay in the Oscar-winning The Godfather (1972), and she was on her way to stardom. She reprized that role in the film's first sequel, The Godfather: Part II (1974). She then appeared with Allen again in Sleeper (1973) and Love and Death (1975).In 1977 she broke away from her comedy image to appear in the chilling Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), which won her a Golden Globe nomination. It was the same year that she appeared in what many regard as her best performance, in the title role of Annie Hall (1977), which Allen wrote specifically for her (her real last name is Hall, and her nickname is Annie), and what an impact she made. She won the Oscar and the British Award for Best Actress, and Allen won the Directors Award from the DGA. She started a fashion trend with her unisex clothes and was the poster girl for a lot of young males. Her mannerisms and awkward speech became almost a national craze. The question being asked, though, was, "Is she just a lightweight playing herself, or is there more depth to her personality?" For whatever reason, she appeared in but one film a year for the next two years and those films were by Allen. When they broke up she was next involved with Warren Beatty and appeared in his film Reds (1981), as the bohemian female journalist Louise Bryant. For her performance she received nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. For the rest of the 1980s she appeared infrequently in films but won nominations in three of them. Attempting to break the typecasting she had fallen into, she took on the role of a confused, somewhat naive woman who becomes the tool of Middle Eastern terrorists in The Little Drummer Girl (1984). To offset her lack of movie work, Diane began directing. She directed the documentary Heaven (1987), as well as some music videos. For television she directed an episode of the popular, but strange, Twin Peaks (1990).In the 1990s she began to get more mature roles, though she reprized the role of Kay Corleone in the third "Godfather" epic, The Godfather: Part III (1990). She appeared as the wife of Steve Martin in the hit Father of the Bride (1991) and again in Father of the Bride Part II (1995). In 1993 she once again teamed with Woody Allen in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), which was well received. In 1995 she received high marks for Unstrung Heroes (1995), her first major feature as a director.
Mandy MooreBirth date: 10 April 1984, Nashua, New Hampshire, USADescription: Amanda Leigh Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 10, 1984, to Stacy (Friedman), a former news reporter, and Don Moore, an airline pilot. During her childhood, her family moved to Orlando, Florida, where she was raised. She has Russian Jewish (from her maternal grandfather), English, and some Scottish and Irish, ancestry.After seeing the musical "Oklahoma!", she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in singing. As a child, she performed the National Anthem at several athletic events around her hometown of Orlando, Florida, and became known as the "National Anthem girl".At the ripe age of 14, while she was recording in a studio in Orlando, a Fed-Ex worker who happened to be passing through heard her and was interested in her talent. He happened to know someone at Sony as well. Moore worked on cutting a demo and shortly thereafter signed a record deal with Sony 550 Music. At 15, her first record "So Real" was released. Her first tour was with the Backstreet Boys.As her touring and recording schedule demanded more of her time, Moore withdrew from Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando and opted for a tutor/correspondence. She has stated that her education is important to her and says that the fact that she wants to go to college motivates her to continue with her schooling.Though Moore's record sales were not up in the ranks of Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera, she has proved to be a formidable talent both in singing and in acting, and snagged an MTV Movie Award in June 2002 for her first feature film role in A Walk to Remember (2002). Her biggest dream, though, is to perform on Broadway someday.
Gabriel MachtBirth date: 22 January 1972, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USADescription: Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young.Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old. He was nominated for a Best Young Motion Picture Actor Award for his performance in the movie Why Would I Lie? (1980). Briefly withdrawing from the business as a child, he returned as an adult with favorable roles that further developed his talents. After high school, Macht studied theatre at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh. Macht remains active in the theater and is involved with the Mad Dog Theater Company in New York where he performed the play "To Whom It May Concern" for the company at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival in 1997. His other theater credits include "Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at Promenade Theater Off Broadway and Theater on the Square in San Francisco; Roger Kumble's "Turnaround" at the Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles; "La Ronde" directed by Joanne Woodward at Williamstown Theater Festival; "What the Butter Saw" directed by Joe Dowling at Arena Stage in Washington DC. On the big screen, Macht was seen in Edward Zwick's highly acclaimed, "Love & Other Drugs" where he starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway who were both nominated for Golden Globes® for their performances. Macht also starred in the comic book inspired film, "The Spirit" as the titular character opposite Samuel Jackson, Scarlett Johannson, and Eva Mendes directed by Frank Miller. He was previously seen in Robert De Niro's critically acclaimed film, "The Good Shepherd" with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Macht's additional screen credits include the comic drama "Middle Men" with Giovanni Ribisi and Luke Wilson, the arctic thriller "Whiteout" with Kate Beckinsale, the romantic comedy "Because I Said So" with Diane Keaton; Joel Schumacher's "Bad Company" opposite Anthony Hopkins; "The Recruit" opposite Al Pacino and Colin Farrell; "Behind Enemy Lines" with Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman and "American Outlaws" where he first starred opposite Colin Farrell. His role in "A Love Song for Bobby Long" garnered Macht critical acclaim for his performance as the tormented writer, Lawson Pines' starring opposite John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson in the 2004 film. On television, Macht had guest starring roles on "Sex and the City," and "Spin City" and was a regular on Steven Spielberg's supernatural drama for NBC "The Others," and starred as William Holden in ABC's "The Audrey Hepburn Story".Macht is best known for his role as Harvey Specter in USA drama Suits (2011). He resides in New York, Los Angeles, and the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on both sides of his family.
Tom Everett ScottBirth date: 7 September 1970, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USADescription: Tom Everett Scott was born and raised in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the 3rd of 4 children of Cynthia (Pierce), an insurance saleswoman, and William Joseph Scott, who was a civil engineer. Tom spent his childhood in a "nice house in the woods", with a pond nearby, canoeing and camping. He acted in high school plays, but Tom planned to quit acting, and take a more serious look at the world. So, he enrolled in communications at Syracuse University in 1988. During his sophomore year he says "I went down to the theater and saw everything going on-people jumping around being idiots-and I thought, 'This is my home. This is where I should be.'" So, Tom switched his major to drama, and upon graduating, he moved to New York City. There, he waited tables, and eventually founded a theater company with 3 college buddies that they named "aTheaterco".
Lauren GrahamBirth date: 16 March 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, USADescription: Lauren Graham was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Donna Grant and Lawrence Graham, a candy industry lobbyist. Her father was from New York and her mother was from the American South, and Lauren has Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. She grew up in Northern Virginia, USA (Fairfax, Arlington, and Great Falls, VA) Graduate of Langley High School, McLean, VA Graduate of Barnard College with a Bachelor's Degree in English. Graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Master's Degree in Acting. She was raised by a single parent, her father. Her parents divorced when she was 5. Growing up she wanted to be a jockey but her height precluded it. She traveled extensively with her father during her childhood and discovered acting while in elementary school. Her resume includes theatre, film and television.
Piper PeraboBirth date: 31 October 1976, Dallas, Texas, USADescription: Piper Perabo was born in Dallas, Texas, to Mary Charlotte (Ulland), a physical therapist, and George William Perabo, a poetry professor. Her mother is of Norwegian descent and her father is of German, Irish, and English ancestry (the surname "Perabo" originates in Germany).After graduating college, Piper moved to New York and was cast in a short film called Single Spaced (1997). Her first big role came after that, where she played the girlfriend of a wannabe rapper in Whiteboyz (1999). In 2000 she was cast in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) as FBI agent Karen Sympathy. However, the role that really got her recognized was in Coyote Ugly (2000). She played Violet Sanford aka "Jersey," who moves to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter. In 2001, she starred in an independent Canadian movie called Lost and Delirious (2001), playing a boarding-school student who falls in love with another girl. The next year, she starred as a French exchange student in Slap Her, She's French! (2002). In 2003, she had a small role as the oldest daughter in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), which also starred Steve Martin, Ashton Kutcher, and Bonnie Hunt. She has also appeared in The I Inside (2004), Perfect Opposites (2004), George and the Dragon (2004), Edison (2005), The Cave (2000), and 10th & Wolf (2006).
Stephen CollinsBirth date: 1 October 1947, Des Moines, Iowa, USADescription: Stephen Collins was born on October 1, 1947 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Stephen Weaver Collins. He is an actor, known for 7th Heaven (1996), Blood Diamond (2006) and All the President's Men (1976). He was previously married to Faye Grant and Marjorie Weinman.
Ty PanitzBirth date: 8 April 1999, California, USADescription: Ty Panitz was born on April 8, 1999 in California, USA. He is an actor, known for Because I Said So (2007), Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) and How to Eat Fried Worms (2006).
Matt ChampagneBirth date: 8 April 1999, California, USADescription: Matt Champagne is an actor and writer, known for Because I Said So (2007), Dragonfly (2002) and Superhero Movie (2008).
Colin FergusonBirth date: 22 July 1972, Montreal, Québec, CanadaDescription: Colin Ferguson was born on July 22, 1972 in Montreal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Eureka (2006), The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Because I Said So (2007).
Tony HaleBirth date: 30 September 1970, West Point, New York, USADescription: Tony Hale was born on September 30, 1970 in West Point, New York, USA as Anthony R. Hale. He is an actor and producer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Stranger Than Fiction (2006) and Veep (2012). He has been married to Martel Thompson since May 24, 2003. They have one child.
Sophina BrownBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Sophina Brown was born on September 18, 1976 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. She is known for her work on Shark (2006), Numb3rs (2005) and Because I Said So (2007). She has been married to Henry Simmons since May 2010.
Karen Leigh HopkinsBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Karen Leigh Hopkins is an actress and writer, known for Stepmom (1998), Because I Said So (2007) and The Running Man (1987).
Emily MaisanoBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Emily Maisano is known for her work on Because I Said So (2007), Danny Collins (2015) and Fred Claus (2007).
Gerald DowneyBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Gerald Downey is an actor, known for Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Eagle Eye (2008) and Evan Almighty (2007).
Ingrid Sanai BuronBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Ingrid Sanai Buron is an actress and writer, known for Because I Said So (2007), House M.D. (2004) and Wilton Academy (2017).
Jennifer Bolton LeeBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Jennifer Bolton Lee is an actress, known for Because I Said So (2007), Barbershop (2002) and Just One Look (2012).
Alexis RheeBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Alexis Rhee is an actress and director, known for Crash (2004), Norbit (2007) and Ray Donovan (2013).
Shu Lan TuanBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Shu Lan Tuan is an actress, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Phone Booth (2002) and The Muppets (2011).
Steve LittleBirth date: 18 September 1976, Saginaw, Michigan, USADescription: Steve Little is an actor and writer, known for Camp Lazlo! (2005), The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008) and Adventure Time with Finn & Jake (2010).
John Ross BowieBirth date: 30 May 1971, New York City, New York, USADescription: John Ross Bowie was born on May 30, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Big Bang Theory (2007), The Heat (2013) and Childrens Hospital (2008). He has been married to Jamie Denbo since June 5, 2004.
Parvesh CheenaBirth date: 22 July 1979, Elk Grove, Illinois, USADescription: Parvesh Cheena was born on July 22, 1979 in Elk Grove, Illinois, USA as Parvesh Singh Cheena. He is an actor and producer, known for Outsourced (2010), Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015).
Doug BudinBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Doug Budin was born on January 6, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for 2 Broke Girls (2011), Because I Said So (2007) and Friends (1994).
Willam BelliBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Willam Belli was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for American Wedding (2003), Because I Said So (2007) and Southern Baptist Sissies (2013).
Carlo ManchiniBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Carlo Manchini is an actor, known for Walkabout (1971), Because I Said So (2007) and Wake in Fright (1971).
Mary Pat GleasonBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Mary Pat Gleason is an actress and writer, known for Basic Instinct (1992), 13 Going on 30 (2004) and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007).
Judi BartonBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Judi Barton is an actress, known for The Hoax (2006), Because I Said So (2007) and Edge of Isolation.
Rudolph WillrichBirth date: 6 January 1969, New York City, New York, USADescription: Rudolph Willrich is an actor, known for All My Children (1970), General Hospital (1963) and Another World (1964).
David PurdhamBirth date: 3 June 1951, San Antonio, Texas, USADescription: David Purdham was born on June 3, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for The Aviator (2004), Fracture (2007) and Ali (2001).
P.J. ByrneBirth date: 15 December 1974, Maplewood, New Jersey, USADescription: P.J. ByrneA graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street for director Martin Scorsese and has teamed up again with the famed director and writer Terence Winter on Vinyl for HBO. His most recent films include True Memoirs of an International Assassin opposite Kevin James and The Gift opposite Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. Byrne is also adding writer to his resume having recently sold Brothers of the Bride to Newline, a feature film that he will co-write and star in which is being produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions. Renowned for his pivotal scene-stealing role in Horrible Bosses, Byrne's character supports the stars of the film as they plot to kill their bosses. This film allows him to add Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman to a long list of important actors with whom he has had the opportunity to work. He has played opposite: Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks, Zach Galifianakis in The Campaign, Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures, Tom Hanks in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Nora Ephron's Bewitched, Jack Black in Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind, Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty and Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork. Byrne was very well received for his starring role in the 5th installment of the phenomenally successful Final Destination franchise for Warner Bros. In the film Byrne's character meets one of the more unusual demises ever in the series of sci-fi horror films. Byrne's television credits include the fan favorite role of Irv Smiff, the driven sports agent, who represents a number of professional football players in the ongoing BET hit series The Game. He has appeared in recurring and guest roles on hit and acclaimed series such as NCIS, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Bones and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911, West Wing, ER, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne also voices "Bolin" in the Emmy- nominated Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra now entering it's 4th season, and received a Behind The Voice Award for his portrayal of that character. A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey.
Edith JeffersonBirth date: 15 December 1974, Maplewood, New Jersey, USADescription: Edith Jefferson was an actress, known for Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), Envy (2004) and Gacy (2003). She died in January 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Holly WestenBirth date: 15 December 1974, Maplewood, New Jersey, USADescription: Holly Westen is an actress, known for Because I Said So (2007), Chocolates (2012) and Yes Man (2008).
Nate PetreBirth date: 1977, Taipei, TaiwanDescription: Nate Petre was born in 1977 in Taipei, Taiwan as Nathaniel J. Petre. He is an actor, known for Because I Said So (2007), Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) and Killing Babies (2002).
Allison CaetanoBirth date: 1977, Taipei, TaiwanDescription: Allison Caetano is known for her work on Inception (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Halloween (2007).
Directors of "Because I Said So"
Michael LehmannBirth date: 30 March 1957, San Francisco, California, USADescription: Michael Lehmann was born on March 30, 1957 in San Francisco, California, USA as Michael Stephen Lehmann. He is a director and producer, known for H...
Creators of "Because I Said So"
Karen Leigh HopkinsDescription: Karen Leigh Hopkins is an actress and writer, known for Stepmom (1998), Because I Said So (2007) and The Running Man (1987).
Jessie NelsonDescription: Jessie Nelson is an American producer and writer, known for her work on I Am Sam (2001), Stepmom (1998), Corrina, Corrina (1994), and The Story of ...