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Hello, My Name is Doris

March 30, 2016
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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.

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.

7.5

Fine Performance By Sally Field!

Funny Feel-Good Film!
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I have loved the movies ever since I saw “The Wizard of Oz” as a young boy. When Beatle-mania hit the USA, Rock-N-Roll was my greatest passion, but I haven’t enjoyed the current music scene nearly as much over the past 15 years, so that void has been filled by film. In college and med school, I would see movies with my friends and we would stay up late into the night chatting about them. I still love seeing movies with friends and then having dinner to discuss them. This blog evolved out of my desire to tell my movie-loving friends about movies I thought they would enjoy. The blog allows me to do this in a fun way and to reach movie fans everywhere.

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