Main Plot Points:
- When Doris Miller (Sally Field) meets John Fremont (Max Greenfield), her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz (Tyne Daly).
- When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends with her eclectic vintage wardrobe, quirky naiveté and unironic enthusiasm for their rooftop knitting circle. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. 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.
What We Thought:
- Hello, My Name is Doris is a smart and funny film for adults! That’s quite rare today.
- I was afraid the film might be too pandering and stereotypical. We’ve seen it before where older characters are used for laughs because they are technologically challenged and aren’t hip anymore. Sure there are some jokes here about that, Doris doesn’t understand Facebook and the like, but it feels genuine more than mean spirited. Again, that’s rare.
- The movie never once comes across as mean or poking fun. It’s heart felt and you honestly root for Doris even though you know it’s probably a bad idea for her to be interested in her much younger boss.
- That’s because Sally Field plays Doris perfectly. She’s the fish out of water in this new hipster world, but she’s so likable that everyone around her just simply likes her. She may seem out of place and the film could have easily ridiculed her or made fun of her, but these people embraced her. Maybe it’s because hipsters like the Golden Girls.
- Then there’s Max Greenfield. I know of him, but I don’t watch New Girl, didn’t watch Veronica Mars or most things he’s been in actually. From what I was told, this is a more reserved character for him and even though I really have nothing to compare it to, I really liked him in this role. He’s good looking without being too pretty. He also comes across as genuine and you see why he would hang out with Doris. I quite liked their dynamic.
- The supporting cast also makes the film work. Field’s best friend is played by Tyne Daly who’s mastered these types of characters. I love Stephen Root, he’s always good. Kumail Nanjiani and Rich Sommer play co-workers along with Natasha Lyonne. Wendi McLendon-Covey steps out of character a bit and is kind of the antagonist of the film. Plus Peter Gallagher plays a motivational speaker and I love that.
- I actually saw Hello, My Name is Doris at an AARP screening. I’m nowhere near retirement age, but I have to say, I had as much fun with it as they did. Sally Field is just perfect in the role and I was quite entertained by it. Michael Showalter, of The State and Wet Hot American Summer fame, directed it and I really liked what he did with it. It’s honest and heart felt and never goes low for a laugh.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Sally Field
- Max Greenfield
- Wendi McLendon-Covey
- Stephen Root
- Peter Gallagher
Recommended if You Like:
- While We’re Young
- Good Adult Movies
- Sally Field