This movie had a lot of things going for it when I decided to rent it on PSN. It was a small independent comedy that I had heard good things about, it was starring Sally Field, and it seriously couldn’t have been worse than Bare. Kind of already knowing what to expect from this movie after seeing the trailer, it turned out that this movie was so much more than what was previewed. Keep reading to find out what I thought of the movie as a whole.
Hello, My Name is Doris revolves around Doris, played by Sally Field, and her mundane life. After the passing of her mother, which she was the main care taker of, she really doesn’t know what to do with herself. She’s lived with her mother for so long and has been taking care of her for so long that’s all she really knows how to do. That is until she becomes more than just smitten with John Freemont, played by Max Greenfield, the new art director at the company she works for. Despite their obvious age difference she decides to throw caution into the wind to go after what she wants even though it could blow up in her face.
I absolutely loved this movie. Just loved it. There was so much more depth to it than the main plot of the story. This movie isn’t just about Doris trying to woo John Freemont, it’s about Doris learning to live again after the death of her mother. This woman has taken care of her mother her whole life, which meant giving up on the things that she wanted. She never got married, she never moved out and lived on her own, and she never experienced the normal things that people experience. Before the death of her mother, Doris never really lived. For the first time in many many years, you get to experience Doris living as if she were that 20 year old girl again who didn’t have a care in the world. During the course of the movie, you learn that not everyone peaks in their 20’s and 30’s and maybe, just maybe, sometimes it takes a little more time for people to discover who they truly are. Not to mention that this movie was also hysterical. The things that Doris does and says are just super funny, but at the same time there are those heart breaking moments that make you feel for Doris. Then finally there’s that moment of triumph as she realizes what she has to do to be happy for herself and not for anyone else.
What can you really say about Sally Field? The woman is an icon and I’ve been watching her movies since I was a child. I think she’s one of the best actresses and she’s only gotten better with age. She plays Doris perfectly in this movie and breathes life into this character. Not to mention that the supporting cast of Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beth Behrs, Natasha Lyonne, and so many more bring this movie to life. The acting in this movie was just impeccable and some of the best that I’ve seen in a while. No matter how big or small the roles in this movie were, they were just spot on and added even more depth into the movie.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
I can’t say enough good things about this movie. It’s funny and heartwarming all at the same time. It’s one of those movies that makes you realize what people give up sometimes for their family and how it really effects them. This is seriously a movie that cannot be passed up, it’s a must see on my list and I give it my strong recommendation. If you’re looking for a movie that has great acting, will make you laugh one minute and cry the next before laughing again, then this is the movie for you.