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Parents' Guide to

Because I Said So

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

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

Movie PG-13 2007 102 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Better than how to deal

I enjoyed it and I’m going to watch it again not bad.

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age 18+

Not For Kids !

Loved this movie ! But I'm an Adult. This is definitely not a movie for kids. I mostly loved the movie because I love all the movie stars in this in particular show. I also loved the story as well. Adults Watch, Enjoy, and laugh!

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Too much sex

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Clumsy and bland, BECAUSE I SAID SO sets up one basic joke -- the obnoxious and interfering mother -- and runs it into the ground. Directed by Michael Lehmann in a way that might best be described as "disinterested," Because I Said So includes so many clichés that it's hard to keep count: the bad-driving scenes, the dog reaction shots, the falling-with-cake scenes, the inability-to-work-technology scenes (Daphne pulls up a porn site on her computer and can't turn it off), and even the watching-old-movies scenes. This last is especially egregious and self-defeating -- since Daphne's a Gary Cooper fan, the classic films she watches make this one seem even worse by comparison.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 1, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: May 8, 2007
  • Cast: Diane Keaton , Lauren Graham , Mandy Moore
  • Director: Michael Lehmann
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.
  • Last updated: April 4, 2023

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