Hello, My Name is Doris (2015)
Running Time: 95 minutes
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root
Hello, My Name is Doris is an indie rom-com/drama about a woman in her 60s, Doris (Field) who finds herself falling for a younger, new co-worker, John (Greenfield). Having lived most of her life taking care of her late mother, she has over the years become a hoarder like her mother and learns to have a rich imagination. Feeling inspired by a self-help seminar, Doris then concocts various schemes to get John’s attention. Would Doris succeed in her chase for John?
What started as a kooky indie rom-com turned into a film about self-discovery, acceptance and friendship. It’s a simple yet beautiful film elevated by Sally Field’s amazing and endearing portrayal of such an awkward and shy character. Her chemistry with co-star, Max Greenfield was evident throughout their scenes together. It was refreshing to see Greenfield outside of his role as Schmidt on the TV show, New Girl. He gave a convincing performance as this charming character, John that Doris falls for. Additionally, the movie had a great supporting cast from Tyne Daly who did a great job as Doris’ best friend, Stephen Root as Doris’ brother, and the coworkers in Doris’ and John’s office played by Kumail Nanjiani, Rich Sommer, and Natasha Lyonne. Accompanied by a great soundtrack, this indie film is a delight to watch.
Overall, it’s a great flick that will make you laugh, melt your heart, make you sympathise with Doris’ quirky awkwardness, and ultimately move you.
Rating: 7 out of 10