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Saturday, February 10, 2007

GREENLIGHT #112: Because I Said So (with "Gypsy" and "Terms of Enderament")

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Ann and Les can't imagine seeing anything worse this year than Because I Said So (2007.) In this miserable film, the talented Diane Keaton plays a mother highly motivated to get her last daughter married so she doesn't end up alone like herself. (Perhaps there's a lesson right there.) Anyway, she actually signs up her unwitting daughter, played by Mandy Moore, to an internet dating service and then screens all the men for her. Yep, they say it's as pathetic as it sounds. For good measure, the creators of this drivel throw in a slapstick make-out scene with Keaton and Stephen Collins. As Les says, "It's a puppy" and he doesn't mean cute. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a much better written and better dramatized story about a mother desperate to create a better life for her daughter in Gypsy (1962.) Rosalind Russell plays the mom who thinks its best to let her daughter, played by Natalie Wood, achieve stardom and success by becoming a great stripper. Ann recommends a film featuring yet another overbearing mom, played by Shirley MacClaine, who continually meddles in the life of her daughter, played by Debra Winger, who is married to, in mom's opinion, a loser man, played by Jeff Daniels, but annoying as she is, the mother turns out to be a real source of strength and comfort. Ann thinks director James L. Brooks should be proud of his movie Terms of Endearment (1983.)

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