Review: In the funny ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris,’ Sally Field just might prove Oscar worthy
Sally Field gives perhaps the year’s first Oscar-worthy lead actress performance in the funny, beguiling and affecting “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” a brave little film that shows it’s never too late to come of age.
As Doris Miller, a shy, sixtysomething office drone with a recently deceased mother, “clutter” issues and quite the eccentric fashion sense, Field amazes with her gameness, range and commitment.
In one of the film’s kickier episodes, Doris becomes a wildly unlikely hipster and album cover model when she unwittingly impresses the front man for John’s favorite band. The incident helps bond Doris and John, but could more serious things be in store for this decidedly odd couple?
Needless to say, there are plenty of bumps and curves on Doris’ road to romance, some that she — and we — may see coming, others that blindside her in ways that will prove traumatic, instructive and healing. Doris’ emotional meltdown after she’s asked to start thinning out her crammed Staten Island home is a corker.
As strong as Field is here, Greenfield, best known from TV’s “New Girl” series, holds his own against the veteran actress with charm and star power to spare. He proves a hand-in-glove fit for his deftly written role.
The enjoyable supporting cast includes Caroline Aaron, Natasha Lyonne, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Peter Gallagher, Beth Behrs and a formidable Tyne Daly.
‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’
MPAA rating: R for language
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Playing: Landmark, West Los Angeles; Arclight Hollywood
For the Record
March 10, 5:48 p.m.: An earlier version of this review stated that the film was not rated.
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