Evening at the mall

I went to my second movie in as many weeks, which is significantly more movie-watching than I’ve averaged the past few years.  I saw “Because I said So” with a friend and it was pretty bad.  One of the two main charaters, played by Mandy Moore, was hard to take seriously.  I think she was supposed to be in her mid-to-late twenties, and I kept thinking about how Mandy Moore is only 22 and recently started dating DJ AM, Nicole Richie’s ex-fiance, who is maybe 33 or 34.  He’s too old for her!  And the men she’s dating in the movie are also too old for her!  And why do those two men both really like her character?  She’s wishy-washy and timid and rambling and annoying and unable to be assertive about anything she believes or thinks or wants.  Maybe it’s because she’s very beautiful, and tall with a perfect smile, but I wasn’t able to believe that they were so smitten with her.  And her mother, played by Diane Keaton, is even more annoying, and for some unfathomable reason everybody puts up with her. 

I don’t have any sisters so maybe I just don’t understand the way these things work, but I found it hard to believe that the three sisters and their mother would all strip down together before a massage and talk about their underwear, and then talk about sex and include their mom in the conversation.  Oh, and I’m supposed to believe that the mother has never had an orgasm?  She’s a grown woman!  In her 60s!  When Mandy Moore finds out, she asks, “Didn’t you with Dad…?”  (The response: “Your dad said he didn’t have all day, and he worked nights.”)  What about by herself, with or without Dad?  Come on!  I was unable to suspend disbelief to get into these poorly written scenes.  Also, one of the guys wears ridiculous vests a lot.

March 3, 2007. Words.


  1. ZoeJane replied:

    I find it plausible that “Dad” never gave her an orgasm, but what about personal experimentation? Then again, alot of people (especially the older ones) were raised thinking it was ‘dirty’, so I can understand the train of script-thinking there. But then again, if she’s curious enough to be watching porn on the sly, then she’s curious enough to order a vibrator and have it over-nighted to her, IMO.

  2. admin replied:

    Exactly – I can understand that perhaps she never had one with Dad, but why not by herself, especially in the decades since she and her husband split? I had forgotten about the sneaky porn-watching, so clearly she’s open enough for “alternative” sexual experiences and should have ordered a vibrator online. I bet the website she was looking at probably even had banner ads for sex toy sites, too.

  3. admin replied:

    P.S. What are you doing awake at 8:21 a.m. on a Sunday?

  4. ZoeJane replied:

    But she clearly doesn’t know how to navigate a computer well enough to exit a porn page or at least turn down the volume when the phone rings. I wonder if she knew how to order things online.

    Ah… I got up gor basketball practice… I really shouldn’t have. Stayed up until 4am reading my new Nora Roberts book. I tell ya, I’ll sleep well tonight!

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