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"Meet The Fockers"
Amidst the influx of horror flicks hitting the cinemas this year, "Because I Said So" is a welcomed breath of fresh air. It's been a while since we've seen a proper family comedy that's both idiot-proof and entertaining at the same time. For once, I was pleasantly surprised.
Classy Diane Keaton plays outrageous Daphne Wilder - an over-protective and over-bearing mother of three gorgeous daughters (played by Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo and Lauren Graham). Keaton is an on-screen darling, especially when she plays a mother, as her charm and personality are easy on the eyes.
Keaton's character, Daphne, is lovable and is down-to-earth but at the same time is dangerously fragile when it comes to her daughters. When Daphne's youngest, Milly (Mandy Moore), breaks up with her boyfriend, Daphne decides to take matters into her own hands - by setting Milly up with a man of her choice from an online dating site. However, setting Milly up with the right man didn't turn out to be so easy. Bumping into an 'adult' dating site wasn't part of her plan but it was such a hilarious moment when she tries to cover it up later.
The entire cast compliments the film extremely well. No one looked disconnected or disoriented, and the story line flows smoothly with bouts of funny moments in between. I say, if this film was a type of food, it would be a highly sinful dessert complete with a cherry on top. To the men, it was perhaps even more indulgent with the 'underwear' scene slipped in the midst. Infuse a little bit of tasteful sexuality into the concoction and you get a level-headed film that's enjoyable.
If you disregard Mandy Moore's teeny-bopping days as a pop singer, she comes across as a naive but full-fledged woman in this movie. You almost feel connected to her character and compared to her 'Mickey Mouse Club' counterparts, she probably has the better and more progressive acting skills.
Bottom line is, the movie is sexy without being trashy. Both girls and guys would enjoy this. In fact, I highly recommend you take your mother to see it and it's a great date movie as well. Somehow, you walk out of the cinema feeling a huge load has been taken off you and birds are chirping in your head.Cinema Online, 23 September 2008