Motivated by love for her daughter and good intentions Daphne succeeds in ignoring Milly's unique personality and needs. And Milly, up to now a cutesy, innocent girl, meets both men and decides to try them both out… in bed.
This leaves some questions. Will Milly follow her heart or listen to her mother? Will she tune in to and trust her culinary sense, which tells her what smells and tastes right, or continue to be out of sync with her true self? Will she uncover her mother's scheming? Who is the best man for her, the puppy eyed musician or the architect who incarnates all her mom's expectations?
It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out what will happen here. It all pans out predictably, which is to be expected from a romantic comedy. Unfortunately it lacks the necessary charm to keep us interested. The nucleus of mother-daughter conflict should be a rich mine for comedy but it is wasted because the main characters are so annoying. It’s difficult to work through their irritating exteriors and delve deeper into the difficult tensions often faced by a mothers and daughters, especially when it comes to them choosing a life partner.
The emotional scenes also lack subtlety and are laced with slapstick, which waters down the effect. The movie has its fair share of weak toilet humour which is more likely to cause migraines than chuckles. Don’t let the fact that it is called a ‘comedy’ fool you. The film is not a laugh a minute; one constantly hopes for comic relief but it’s not forthcoming.
Despite the film’s slapstick nature, Diane Keaton still impresses with her acting skills. It’s just too bad that her character makes you want to witness her extinction. Because I Said So is not the worst film on circuit, but you might want to think twice before you fork out to see this one.
- Christel Carstens
Because I Said So is everything a romantic comedy shouldn't be: clumsy, cliché ridden and completely exasperating. Even Diane Keaton can't save this turkey.
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