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A Diane Keaton flop? Say it ain't 'so'

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The new Diane Keaton comedy "Because I Said So" is wince-inducing. I don't know anybody who doesn't love Keaton, and she's often been good in even second-rate vehicles like "The Family Stone" and "Something's Gotta Give." But in her new movie, her luck runs out.

She plays Daphne Wilder, a single mother hen with three grown daughters, the youngest of whom, Milly (Mandy Moore), is unmarried and unlucky with men (like Mom). So Daphne decides to place an ad in the online personals to find Milly the perfect guy.

You can see where this is going right away – nowhere interesting. We are subjected to a rapid-fire montage of Daphne interviewing prospective suitors for her daughter in a restaurant, and each is grubbier and creepier than the last. When Jason (Tom Everett Scott), a good-looking, successful architect shows up, Daphne lights up. Meanwhile, Johnny (Gabriel Macht), the restaurant's free-spirited lounge musician, overhears what's going on. He decides he's interested in Milly, too.

Jason and Johnny are presented as polar opposites: the well-heeled businessman who lives in a Los Angeles hilltop aerie versus the bohemian, who turns out to be a single dad and lives in a funky Venice canal district. Milly ends up dating both of them, without either guy being any the wiser. Even though it's obvious which one she will end up with, director Michael Lehmann and screenwriters Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson stretch things out interminably.


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