Because I Said So (film)

Because I Said So is a 2007 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott and Stephen Collins. It was released on February 2, 2007. It was panned by critics, calling it the worst movie of the year.

Because I Said So
Because I Said So Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Lehmann
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyJulio Macat
Edited by
  • Paul Seydor
  • Troy Takaki
Music byDavid Kitay
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 2, 2007 (2007-02-02)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$39 million[1]
Box office$69.5 million[2]


Daphne (Diane Keaton), is the loving but over-bearing mother of three women. Her other daughters Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo) are happily married, but her youngest daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) recently broke up with her boyfriend, and Daphne is concerned.

Daphne fears that her daughter cannot find a good man on her own, so she secretly places a personal ad for her daughter. She finds a potential candidate, Jason (Tom Everett Scott), and tries to orchestrate a chance meeting of the two. The plan seems flawless until Milly finds her own date, guitarist Johnny (Gabriel Macht), who happens to be a candidate Daphne rejected before. Milly is unaware of her mother's scheming and begins relationships with both Jason and Johnny at the same time, with neither aware of the other.

Inevitably, this double-dating takes its toll and Milly becomes estranged from both Jason and Johnny. In Jason's case, it is because she discovers Daphne's scheming. Meanwhile, Daphne stumbles upon her own perfect match after being alone for many years and begins to challenge her search for the perfect match for Milly. Milly also realizes she has a choice to be the daughter her mother wants her to be, or to be the woman she wants herself to be. Choosing the latter, which comes with a row with her mother, leads her to reconcile with Johnny, a relationship Daphne has realized she should have tried to orchestrate in the first place.



The film has a marketing tie-in allowing customers to buy panties with different sayings from the movie.[3]


Box officeEdit

In its first weekend of release, the film placed second in total box office receipts. For the weekend of February 2, 2007, the film earned $13,022,000. As of April 5, 2007; its domestic gross was $42,674,040.[2] According to Box Office Guru, "men showed practically zero interest in the Universal release. Studio research showed that 82% of the audience was female. 55% of the turnout was 35 or older. 83% was Caucasian."[4]

Critical receptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the current critical consensus is overwhelmingly negative, at 4% positive reviews based on 157 reviews. It eventually earned the "Moldy Tomato Award" - awarded to the worst-reviewed film of the year. The site's consensus states: "Over-reliant on caricatures and lacking any human insight, Because I Said So is a cliche-ridden unfunny mess."[5][6] On Metacritic the film has a score of 26 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics.[7] William Booth of the Washington Post rated it the worst movie of 2007.[8]

Diane Keaton's performance in the film earned her a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress, where she lost to Lindsay Lohan for I Know Who Killed Me.


  1. ^ "Because I Said So (2007) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Because I Said So (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  3. ^ "Because I Said So". Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office (February 2-4, 2007)". Box Office Guru. Archived from the original on February 3, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "Because I Said So Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "9th Annual Golden Tomato Awards". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "Because I Said So". Metacritic.
  8. ^ Booth, William (December 29, 2007). "Rated PU, Unfit for Any Audience". Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2008. Diane Keaton will always be beloved for "Annie Hall"... [but] her mom-rom-com "Because I Said So" is the worst movie of the year.

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