Film: Hello, My Name is Doris
Review by Steve Duffy –
When Doris Miller (Sally Field) meets John Fremont (Max Greenfield), her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. 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. 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.
Fields is simply wonderful as the quirky and sweet Doris. What made this movie so sweet and enjoyable is that her character was never mocked or ridiculed in a negative way to draw laughter from the audience. Director Michael Showalter’s portrayal of Doris with Fields acting is the perfect pairing.
Greenfield is both appealing and charming as Field’s love-interest.
Daly was perfect as Doris’ brassy and loudmouthed best friend. She definitely was the movie’s scene-stealer. I would have liked to see Stephen Root and Wendi McLendon-Covey’s talents showcased a little more.
The film is simple and enjoyable. It is the perfect vehicle for showcasing Sally Field’s super talents.
Playing at: AMC Boston Common, Coolidge Corner, Kendall Square & West Newton
Rating: R for language
Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.