Flash Movie Review: Hello, My Name is Doris

Maybe it is my own prejudice but I tend to be suspicious of individuals who date the same type of looking people. You know, like dating only blonde haired people or tall people or those who wear glasses; there are all kinds and though I may not understand it I respect it. I never could comprehend why a certain color of hair or actually any particular physical feature would contribute to hopefully a long lasting relationship. Sometimes I will joke with a friend and ask them what they would do if the person they are dating decided to dye their hair or get contact lenses. They usually tell me it would not make a difference but I have seen the pattern and know eventually they will end the relationship. For me the same thing applies to age differences because I believe our age only represents how long we have been alive, nothing else. I ask you, do you understand what it means when someone says, “act your age”? How should a 72 year old act or a 23 year old? For me as long as the person is not harming anyone and enjoying life, they can do whatever they want to do. A short time ago there was a lot of buzz about older woman dating younger men; they were referred to as “cougars.” Funny, when it was an older man and a younger woman there never seemed to be the same type of humor. There were several television programs that turned these types of relationships into a comedy. Sure there are times where a wide gap between a couple’s ages can result in amusement; however, why would anyone care about someone dating an older or younger person. I have encountered people older than me who acted like little kids just as I have met younger folk who act much older. I will let you decide what you think about the main characters in this dramatic comedy.   AFTER taking care of her mother for many years shy yet colorful Doris Miller, played by Sally Fields (Mrs. Doubtfire, Lincoln), found a way to come out of her shell. This film festival winning romance had a wonderful script that came across with honesty and respect. Included in the cast was Max Greenfield (The Big Short, New Girl-TV) as John Fremont, Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids, Blended) as Cynthia and Tyne Daly (The Autumn Heart, Judging Amy-TV) as Roz. I thought the entire cast did a great job, but Sally was outstanding in her role. It was just great watching Sally in this character; she came across as a real person. The mix of humor and sadness blended together perfectly, never letting the story turn sappy or maudlin. The pacing of the story never allowed for any boredom to set in; plus, I enjoyed the way the writers played with the generational differences. Whether “younger” or “older” this film can be enjoyed by all ages.


3 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 24, 2016, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This movie sounded intriguing and I do like Sally Field. Thanks for your review – I’ll plan to catch this one after all. I was hoping it would be fresh and not a rehash of stereotypes. Thanks again!

    • My pleasure Judy, I would enjoy hearing your take on this film after seeing it. Thank you.

      • I went to see you two nights ago and agree very much with your review. It could have been a sappy thing, but the acting was touching. I went through a lot as a caregiver and the scene with her brother actually shook me up. My favorite parts were her daydreaming sequences; they were clever and adorable. I find so few movies that I want to see – went through a hiatus after getting divorced (I used to go weekly with my ex-husband). Now I’m learning to go alone and I love the diversion and escape it gives me. And I’m so happy to have reviews I can trust, too. 🙂

      • Judy, it is so sweet of you to take the time to leave your comments and share a bit of your history. I am happy you have found comfort in being able to go to the movies again. A majority of films I go see I do alone, considering it my me time to unwind and get lost in someone else’s story. Thank you for your confidence in my reviews; I hope I never disappoint you.

  2. Sally Field brings a unique character to each role. She works so hard at it all, I would really like to see this movie, too. I’m glad you liked it, though — that always is a really good cue for me.

    • I am glad I could help and I would enjoy hearing your thoughts after you see the movie. Thanks for the comments.

    • Until I didn’t go to the movies much for the last two years, I didn’t realize how much I missed that time escaping into another world and being entertained. Oh, you won’t disappoint me because your reviews are intelligent and saving me the trouble of going to see something lame. Sorry you have to go through that! Unfortunately, there are very few intelligent scripts out there.

  3. Actually I’ve never really been a fan of Sally Fields. I think the Flying Nun and Gidget sort of biased me against her, but this looks good and I enjoyed your review, so I’ll likely try to catch it.

  4. This looks like a great film! I adore Max Greenfield, especially after watching “New Girl” and “American Horror” and I have loved Sally Field since “The Flying Nun”. Can’t wait to see this!!!

  5. Happy to see Sally again! ❤

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