October 29, 2014

Just Let Your Mother Meddle: Because I Said So (2007)

Everybody's mother meddles! It's a given, well at least for many of us. Just today, my mother was meddling in my life. She can't help it; she means well and I know she just wants the best for me. How you and I deal with it, well, that is what makes all the difference. Besides, will our outbursts of frustration really stop our mothers from meddling? Probably not; but what we all can do is deal with it better, by say just letting our mothers be who they are because at the end of the day, a meddling mother is a caring mother and that is what really counts. The movie Because I Said So (2007) is a great example of this point.

In the movie, Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) plays the quintessential meddling mother to three daughters: Milly Wilder (Mandy Moore), Maggie Wilder-Decker (Lauren Graham) and Mae Wilder (Piper Perabo). Although Daphne has a spectacularly successful bakery, which she co-runs with her daughter Milly, she still makes time to meddle with her daughter's love lives...especially single Milly. That is, until Daphne unexpectedly falls for someone herself, which gave her the much needed wake up call to finally see just how damaging her meddling was to her relationship with her youngest daughter.

It all started when Daphne decided to create a profile for Milly on an online dating website. While Daphne did end up meeting a potential suitor for her daughter in the last candidate Jason (Tom Everett Scott). She also happened to meet a guitarist, by the name of Johnny (Gabriel Macht), who was playing at the hotel and was intrigued by her meddling into her daughter's love life. Daphne arranged a meet-cute for her daughter and Jason at one of Milly's catering events and they sort of hit it off; although her more innocent chance meeting with single father Johnny proved to be more authentic and lasting.

By the end of the movie, Milly had not only discovered that her mother knew both Jason and Johnny, but that she was the reason that she and Jason were dating to begin with. Of course this did not sit well with Milly, who then shut her mother out for nearly a week before realizing that her mother was doing what she did out of love. However, she wasn't the only one to learn from this situation. Daphne, who was now dating someone for the first time in years, had begun to realize the error of her meddling ways. Although, truth be told, she only wanted what she thought was best for her daughter, and that was for her not to become just like her.  Milly and Daphne eventually made up by the end of the movie, but Milly and her sisters had resolved to a valuable lesson as well: just let your mother meddle. They really do mean well!

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