It’s been about 20 years since Sally Field had a leading role, and it’s sure nice to see her again. I had forgotten what a skilled comedic actress she is.
Doris Miller (Sally Field) is a single woman in her late 60’s. Devoted to her mother – with whom she lived on Staten Island – Doris never married or had any children. Her mother has just died, leaving a tremendous void in her life. Doris’ brother wants her to sell her mother’s home, but Doris is overwhelmed by this suggestion, especially since she is a hoarder.
Doris has a dull job in her company’s accounting department, where she has worked in near-obscurity for many years. While in the office building elevator on her way to work, a handsome man in his 30’s, John Fremont (Max Greenfield), compliments her on her glasses. This is all it takes to activate her previously-repressed sexual fantasies. It turns out John is the new Art Director for her company!
Doris takes a seminar with a self-help Guru (Peter Gallagher) who convinces her that anything is possible, including John becoming romantically involved with her. The film primarily consists of funny vignettes of Doris trying to get John to notice and become interested in her, and then explores their developing friendship. Doris comes out of her shell and has new and life-affirming experiences with John.
Can Doris make her romantic fantasy a reality?
The movie is consistently amusing, funny, and occasionally heart-warming. It will work fine as a rental, but, if you are a Sally Field fan, I would see it now on the BS.