Because I Said So (2007) Film Review

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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.

Tangled (2010) Film Review

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It’s a Disney film of Rapunzel with a lot of singing. It’s clearly for kids, although I know a lot of adults who grew up with Disney and probably totally love it. I didn’t grow up with Disney, but I still thought it was okay.

The story goes as follows: when the queen was pregnant with Rapunzel, she was very sick. In the forest was a magical flower that could fix anything, which an evil witch used to keep herself young and beautiful. The flower is found and fed to the queen who promptly recovers and gives birth to a beautiful girl, and the magic of the flower remains in the baby’s hair. The witch steals the baby and keeps her in a tower, refusing to let her out. Just before Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday, a thief ends up finding her and she bribes him into taking her to see the lanterns that the king and queen let fly in memory of their missing daughter.

Phew. That’s just the start. There’s a lot of good humour in the film, not the least the one great song in the film, which is where all the roughest men of the forest reveal their dreams. There’s a good animal character, the horse. It’s fun. It’s not making me rush off to see more Disney films, but it is good fun.

Tangled was nominated for an Oscar for Best Acheivement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original song for “See The Light”.