Because I Said So (2007) Film Review


Milly (Mandy Moore) is unlucky in love, unlike her two sisters, Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo). Luckily, she has the most annoying mother in the world, Daphne (Diane Keaton) to meddle for her. Daphne sets up an internet profile for a mother seeking a mate for her daughter, and a montage ensues. Of course, the only suitable candidate after a line of ridiculously unsuitable ones, is a handsome, rich architect; Jason (Tom Everett Scott). But there is a musician, Johnny (Gabriel Macht) in the bar where Daphne meets the candidates, and he finds it quite amusing. He sets himself up to meet Milly; Daphne sets Milly up to meet Jason. And things get complicated.

Why, Dianne Keaton, why? You are such a wonderful actor with so many top roles to your name. Did they give you a lot of money? I really hope so, or perhaps they had some incriminating photos or something. I hate to think that you read the script and thought the film was worth making. It was appalling. Cringeworthy. Terrible. In so many ways terrible. I usually only shout at the television when politicians are on; but I screamed at this. So very, very bad. I regret not turning it off; the only good thing was seeing Gabriel Macht wearing the most stupid clothes and acting very much differently to his character in Suits. That made me laugh. The rest? Blech.

Suits – TV Review


Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams) is a genius. What he reads he understands and what he understands, he remembers. And never forgets. However, due to an incident at college, he is unable to complete his studies. He is bike courier who smokes dope and occasionally completes the bar exam and other exams for other people for cash. But he’s not a bad guy – his grandmother needs financial help and he doesn’t know how else to do it. Then his best mate, dope dealer Trevor (Tom Lipinski) asks him to do one job. He needs to take a suitcase full of dope to a specific hotel room and the amount he will get paid will cover his grandmother’s bills. On the way, however, he realises it is a set up and detours via a different hotel room. In this hotel room is Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), the top lawyer for one of the top firms in New York. Mike impresses Harvey so much that he is hired, despite not having a law degree. Now, the two are tied together. Mike and Harvey are tied together in this lie.

I really like the show. I like the characters, from the feisty Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and the beautiful and sweet Rachel (Meghan Markle) to the annoying Louis (Rick Hoffman) and the powerful Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). It’s kind of a poor man’s Boston Legal – remember that powerhouse of a show led by William Shatner, Candice Bergman and James Spader? Crazy lawsuits, relationships left right and centre, and quirkiness galore? Suits is not as quirky or fun, but there is quite a nod to Boston Legal – especially the soundtrack.

Apparently, this is set in the cutting edge, hard-arse world of law in New York, yet there are several instances when characters stuff up and are given chance after chance after chance. Things don’t always ring true – but it is still an entertaining watch.