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Issue: Winter 2016

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) movie review

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Movie poster, Hello, My Name is Doris
She's not ready to act her age

Doris (Sally Field) has grown past her prime in the service of her mother. Now with her mother dead, she is becoming interested in stepping out of her life.

Hooray for movies with heroes (male or female) in their, er, late middle age. Veteran award-winning actress Sally Field returns to the screen as an eccentrically-dressed woman with a cluttered house, a cat, a cubicle job, and a new freedom from a lifetime of caring for her mother.

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Doris (Sally Field) and John (Max Greenfield) become friends

"You're taking dating advice from a thirteen-year-old".

Doris develops a crush on the new art director in her firm. With the help of a friend's granddaughter, she does some discreet Facebook-stalking and befriends (in real life and on Facebook) John (Max Greenfield). She is inspired in part by a self-help guru (Peter Gallagher) who tells her "impossible" is really "I'm possible".

Doris asks John to help with her posture ball.

As Doris develops her friendships with John's circle she begins to come out of her shell to the dismay of her friend (Tyne Daly). Hello, My Name is Doris is a wonderfully amusing, touching film about lost chances and taking chances. Doris' new friendships cross the age barriers and we have a film where different generations are peers.

Doris and Vivian (Isabella Acres) create a fake Facebook account

Everything about this film hits the spot. The acting is believable, the script and direction are well-timed, sensitive and deft, and the art direction and costuming are apt.

This film is well worth your time, entertaining, heart warming and centred around a very human protagonist.


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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 9 Jun 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)
Written by: Laura Terruso (short film Doris & the Intern); Laura Terruso & Michael Showalter (scr)
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Running time: 95 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Sally Field, Max Greenfield,Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rebecca Wisocky, Peter Gallagher, Caroline Aaron, Isabella Acres

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