There is no more contentious or loving relationship than there is between a mother and a daughter. The mother wishes to impart the wisdom she has learned over a lifetime while her daughter is eager to go her own way, regardless of what her mother thinks.
In the 2007 movie, Because I Said So, Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) has three daughters. Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo) are both married. That leaves Milly (Mandy Moore) as the last daughter without a ring on her finger. Overanxious and maybe a little helicopter parent-ish, Daphne turns to the internet to find Milly a boyfriend. Enter Johnny (Gabriel Macht) and Jason (Tom Everett Scott). Will Milly’s love live ever satisfy her mother and will Daphne’s daughter have a chance of convincing their mother to back down, if only for a little bit?
I like this movie. I like this movie because while there are the usual romantic elements that make up a romantic comedy, the focus is the complicated and sometimes difficult relationships between Daphne and her daughters. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I saw a little bit of my mother in Daphne, which was a little too close for comfort at points.
I recommend it.
In the early 2000’s, Hollywood starting cranking out movies about young women who had dreams of careers in entertainment, but their dreams were stymied by life’s circumstances.
In Honey (2003), Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) has dreams of becoming a professional choreographer. Michael Ellis (David Moscow) is a record producer who can make her dream a reality. But when Michael wants more than a professional relationship, Honey finds that her career maybe over before it has begun.
Are the critics wrong? Yes and no. Is the movie predictable and too reliant on dancing to move the plot forward? Yes. But at the end of the day, the movie is fun and harmless. Sometimes we need a movie that is fun and harmless.
In Coyote Ugly (2000), Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) is an aspiring singer/songwriter who has just moved to New York City. Unable to start her career, she takes a job bar tending at Coyote Ugly. The owner, Lil (Maria Bello) is initially unsure about the new hire, but Violet soon comes out of her shell, both a singer/songwriter and a bar tender.
Are the critics wrong? Again, yes and no. Is Violet’s story new? Absolutely not. But Coyote Ugly is one of those movies that is perfect for a rainy weekend afternoon. It’s not Shakespeare and it’s far from Oscar worthy, but it’s not a bad way to kill a couple of hours.