Movie: Hello, My Name Is Doris
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: We are all searching for someone to love. Often times, the path to finding love is fraught with missteps, failures, and divorce. A few are afraid to really look, which brings us to Doris Miller (Sally Field). Doris has spent her adult life caring for her mother, and now that her mother has passed on, Doris is truly alone for the first time in her life. She has a few friends, most notably Roz (Tyne Daly), but mostly Doris goes to work and spends her day in a small cubicle crunching numbers as an accountant for a large company. Her brother Todd (Stephen Root) and his wife are determined to get Doris to sell the house and split the proceeds, but Doris is too emotionally attached to the place and its contents. In fact, Doris is something of a hoarder.
But Doris, well into middle age, is about to come to a crossroads in her life. She has drunk the emotional Kool-Aid supplied by self help guru Willy Williams (Peter Gallagher), and Doris sets out to try and grab life by the … horns. Specifically, Doris has been bitten and smitten by the love bug, and the object of her affection is co-worker John Fremont (Max Greenfield). Only problem is, John has no inkling of what is happening inside the mind of Doris Miller. Furthermore, Doris is on the prowl for a man who is at least 25 years her junior. What could go wrong?
This is really quite a wonderful little film. It is labeled a comedy by promoters, but is probably 60% comedy and 40% drama. All of us can relate to the wishful daydreams of making the object of our desires suddenly respond to our mental commands. But life is never that accommodating for us. A cast of stellar supporting actors in this movie. Tyne Daley steals every scene she is in. I suggest you catch this film in the art houses before it disappears.
Dialogue Nuggets: John to co-workers – “It’s really great to be here in the city that never sleeps. Eee, Bedee, Eee Bedee, Eee Bedee, That’s All Folks!” (apology to Porky Pig )
Willy to Audience – “Life is short, it is over in the blink of an eye. There are 7 days in the week, and someday isn’t one of them!”
Doris – “I think I was the first person on my block to have cable TV.”
Roz to Doris – “Be careful. You appear to be taking dating advice from a thirteen year old!”
Todd’s Wife – “Why are you donating that? Who is going to want one ski?” Doris – “Someone with one leg!”
Roz – “It’s like someone stole my friend and replaced her with a wild animal!”
Huh? What the….: Not sure how Doris can afford to go to a psychiatrist. Even less likely, said headshrinker makes house calls….
Bummer: Sadly, Baby Goya and the Nuclear Winters is not a real band.