Time: 102 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
SYNOPSIS: A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so her kid won't follow in her footsteps and wind up alone.
BOTTOM LINE: If you've seen the trailer for this movie than you know what you're in for. Keaton and Moore deliver a quaint and occassionally funny film about an over-bearing mother and her unlucky-in-love youngest daughter. Perhaps I would have liked the experience more, if Keaton wasn't so good at her job here. She's so obnxoius in her quest to find the perfect guy she could care less about what qualities in a man her daughter actually finds attractive. Now, granted the man she picks for her daughter, played by the eternally cute Tom Everett Scott, seems like the perfect man, but railroading anyone into a love match is sure to bring about disaster.
Mandy Moore is adorable and sweet and tries to keep up with Keaton and company, but she's a little out of her league here. She manages to have chemistry with both Scott and Gabriel Macht, the eventual man of her dreams, which certainly helps the film along; however, she just didn't have enough charisma to make me really care about her. I felt bad for her when her mother tried to ruin her life, but that was more out of sympathy for her situation than for her character. A bunch of quirks thrown together is not character development. This isn't really her fault, but it does make the ending less effective even though her and her mother find true love.
There are a few scenes where the actresses truly connect emotionally that capture the heartstrings, but otherwise this is a fairly by the book rom/com. Only this time it's a parent instead of the world at large trying to keep the young lovers apart. Collins, Macht and Scott create divergent love choices and each brings their own brand of charm to the proceedings. They are mostly a means to a happy ending, yet they manage to make their own marks. If you have a great relationship with your mother, you probably won't be able to relate to the ladies in this film. For the rest of us, it will make you laugh just as much as it will make you cringe.