Hello, My Name Is Doris movie full length review - "Hello, My Name is Doris" deserves an introduction to many more Movie Fans.
Sally Field is one of those actresses whom America has watched mature and gracefully age on screens big and small ? and who has managed to be entertaining every step of the way.
She's someone whom generations of American movie and television fans have simply enjoyed watching ? in both comedies and dramas. Field was just 19 when she starred as a boy-crazy surfer-girl in the 1965-1966 television series "Gidget", which she followed with the unusual, but charming series "The Flying Nun". In her early 30s, she began acting in films ? both comedic (the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies opposite Burt Reynolds) and dramatic ("Norma Rae", for which she won the Best Actress Oscar). Ever since, she has alternated between leading roles and supporting roles in both TV and movies. Her TV work has included playing the title character in the made-for-TV movie "Sybil", a recurring supporting role on "ER", and the lead role in "Brothers and Sisters" ? winning Emmys for all three. In between her numerous TV projects, Field continued to act in feature films, starring in "Places in the Heart" (for which she won her second Oscar and gave her earnest but awkward "You really like me" acceptance speech), "Steel Magnolias" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" and later doing outstanding supporting work in "Forrest Gump", the "Amazing Spider-man" films and "Lincoln". Then, "Hello, My Name is Doris" (R, 1:35) features her in another leading role in which she gets to exercise her comedic and dramatic muscles, to very entertaining effect.
Field is Doris Miller, a shy and sweet but stubborn never-married woman in her 60s, who still lives in the childhood home she shared with her mother, who recently passed away. Doris' best friend is a gruff, but caring woman named Roz (Tyne Daly), who is raising her 13-year-old granddaughter, Vivian (Isabella Acres). Doris spends a lot of time at Roz' house, but her own home is very much her sanctuary. Doris' mother was a hoarder and, well, like mother, like daughter. Doris' brother (Stephen Root) and his wife (Wendi McLendon-Covey) want Doris to sell the house (and split the proceeds with them), but first they have to get her to clear out all that? stuff. They get Doris to start seeing a psychiatrist (Elizabeth Reaser) who tries to help Doris with her more serious issues, but they spend more time talking about romance.
Doris works in the accounting department at a New York fashion firm, where she develops a serious crush on John Fremont (Max Greenfield), a new 30-something art director at her company. After attending a self-help seminar with Roz and talking with the session's motivational speaker (Peter Gallagher), Doris decides to pursue a relationship with John. Vivian helps Doris use Facebook to learn more about John, leading to Doris showing up at a concert by John's favorite band. Doris wears an old lady version of club attire, but instead of being mocked, she is embraced by John and his hipster friends. As John and Doris become friendlier, Doris fantasizes about and works toward a possible romance. Her obsession with John (and everything it leads to) has profound effects on Doris' life and her relationships.
"Hello, My Name is Doris" is wonderfully funny and heartfelt. A compassionate script by Laura Terruso (based on her 2011 short film "Doris & the Intern") and Michael Showalter, along with Showalter's sensitive direction and Field's terrific performance make this film a joyful journey for Movie Fans of all ages. The movie celebrates Doris' individuality and her dreams (without taking the easy way out and mocking them), but doesn't shy away from her faults and stays grounded in reality. The impressive writing and direction, joined with a very strong supporting cast creates characters that I'd want to know in real life ? especially Doris. This is a perfect role for Sally Field and she plays it perfectly. You should introduce yourself to Doris right away. "A"