Doris (Academy Award winner Sally Field) is a woman in her late sixties who has spent her life caring for her deceased mother. Her world is turned upside down by a handsome new young co-worker, John Fremont (Max Greenfield) and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love in “Hello, my name is Doris.”
Fremont is Doris’s first encounter with love outside of the pages of romance novels. Unfortunately, Doris receives computer assistance and romantic advice from the 13 year-old granddaughter, Vivian, (Isabella Acres) of Doris’s best friend, Roz (Tyne Daley)
Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts but she wins over his friends with her eclectic vintage wardrobe and quirky naiveté. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.
Sally Field should be nominated for another Academy Award for this wonderful film. She is absolutely marvelous. I found myself laughing a lot in this film. More than once I found myself thinking, “Don’t do that, Doris, don’t do that, Doris” but she did always did whatever it was I was trying to warn her about in my mind.
The sets and the costumes were marvelous. Doris wore the most bazaar outfits. One skirt reminded me of a felt skirt I had when I was a very little girl.
Doris is a hoarder and the set was incredible. I was amazed that they could find so much junk to create the perfect set. When she opens a cabinet in the kitchen stuff was just packed in there and most of the stuff looked like it came straight out of the 1970’s..
Although this is basically a chick flick for baby boomers and older women, I think husbands and boyfriends will enjoy the show too. Sally Field is very, very funny.
“Hello, my name is Doris” was written by Laura Terrusa and Michael Showalter based on a short film by Laura Terrusa, “Doris and the Intern.” Although the script was very good it is how Field interprets it that gets all the laughs. You root for Doris and wish her only the best.
Michael Showalter also directed.
“Hello, my name is Doris” is playing in St. Louis at the Hi Pointe theatre. This film is worth the trip to St. Louis to see.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com