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Hello My Name is Doris

Hello My Name is Doris
Sally Field, Tyne Daly and Max Greenfield

Rated: R for language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 1, 2016 Released by: Roadside Attractions

Sally Field gives a heartwarming performance in this comedy/drama directed and co-written by Michael Showalter. 

She plays Doris Miller, a woman in her late 60's who had lived in a cluttered home with her mother until she had just passed away.  She takes a ferry from Staten Island to the city where she works in data entry in a large office, mostly populated by young people.  She does her job and goes home and her co-workers pretty much ignore her.

Doris has a brother and sister-in-law who nag her to sell the family house and split the money with them, but she also has a caring and supportive friend Roz (played by Tyne Daly - who is pretty great in the role).

Doris' days are extremely routine, dinner at Roz's house, scouring the sidewalks for some treasure that someone tossed out and her daily trips to and from work.  but her world changes with one elevator ride in her office building.  John Fremont (Max Greenfield) the  30 year old new art director gives her a compliment about her glasses and all of a sudden Doris is imagining that perhaps he could be the one.

With the help of Roz's 13 year old granddaughter, Doris begins following John on his Facebook page and his interests quickly become her interests also.  There's a fine line between wanting to know more about someone and stalking them, and even though she doesn't quite cross the line, it does inch up to it.  She shows up at a concert that he enjoys and finds him there also, and although John appears to actually enjoy Doris' company, she is looking for love.

Field makes this film worth watching, her impressive performance makes Doris interesting and human, without turning her into a caricature.

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