Hello, My Name Is Doris is this generation’s Harold and Maude (1971); filled with the warm and funny performances of Sally Field and Max Greenfield.
Sally Field elevates the film with heart and soul. Hello, My Name Is Doris is a quirk indie dramedy that shows us the story about a sixty something woman (Field) in love with her thirty something co-worker (Greenfield). It’s a pleasurable treat on characters and life even with some familiar faults. Field and Greenfield’s chemistry is spot-on as director Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) grapples with the romantic character study.
When Doris Miller meets John Fremont, her company's hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. Doris fantasizes about John day-to-day, trying desperately to gain his attention. Doris is also going through a rough patch as she lives in a cluttered house she shared with her late mother. Doris' only hope is to be guided by her friend Roz (a sassy Tyne Daly) and Roz’s 13-year-old granddaughter, Sally (Natasha Lyonne). They set her up with the social media life as she tracks down John to understand more of his personality.
While there are stereotypical traits of the indie genre, Field and Greenfield’s chemistry is enough to overpower them. Hello, My Name Is Doris is a sweet picture enhanced by one of Hollywood’s most talented ladies, Sally Field. She has cherished the big screen in films like Smokey and the Bandit, Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump and Lincoln. Field’s continues her reign in Hello, My Name Is Doris, it’s a total delight.
Hello, My Name Is Doris is rated R (Restricted) For language.