"It’s Never Too Late To Make a Fresh Start"
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HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS is quirky and frequently funny, but is equally awkward because Doris is about 30 years older than the man she’s trying to woo. Sally Field owns the role of Doris in one of her funniest performances in years. Thankfully, the movie eventually undercuts the movie’s unrealistic romantic bent, ending with a moral message of not losing oneself in wishful fantasies of love. However, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS has some sexual references and innuendoes and some “f” words and other vulgar language, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
(B, C, Co, Ho, LLL, S, N, AA, DD, M) Light moral message of woman realizing she needs to transition from her life of regret and give up her wishful romantic fantasies, with light Christian references that include one scene at a Christian funeral where pastor gives a sermon of God giving and taking plus a prayer over a meal; older woman makes a few communist quips, and character meets a strange woman who says she runs a “gay preschool” for children that identify as homosexual, and a co-worker is gay and brings a man to a Thanksgiving meal; 23 obscenities (mostly “f” words) and three profanities; no violence; woman has fantasy daydreams of her co-worker coming on to her, she flirts with him throughout, one situation of him pumping up a yoga ball while she sits on it has sexual connotations, but nothing explicit happens; upper male nudity, some women dress provocatively at an electronic concert; some drinking and drunkenness; implied drug use; and, stealing.
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS is a goofy comedy starring Sally Field as an older woman realizing she’s missed out on life, so she tries to romance her handsome co-worker who’s half her age.
When Doris loses her mother, her brother, Todd, tries to convince his hoarder sister to move out of the childhood home where she lived with her mother on Staten Island and move to the city. Doris refuses to leave and refuses to de-clutter the filthy house, convinced that all the items are of use to her at some point.
Then, the company Doris works for hires John Fremont, a handsome art director from Malibu. Doris, who spends much of her time reading romance novels, falls, head over heels for John. With help from her best friend’s 13-year-old daughter, Doris begins researching John’s interests on Facebook to find common ground. She starts stepping out of her shell, listening to electronic music and attending hip concerts John likes. Sure enough, a friendship develops, and John truly likes spending time with Doris. However, is Doris reading too much into their relationship?
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS is quirky throughout, and frequently funny, but is equally awkward and uncomfortable due to the fact that Doris is about 30 years or more older than the man she’s trying to woo. Sally Field owns the role of Doris in one of her funniest performances in years.
Director/Writer Michael Showalter follows the vein of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY when Doris loses herself in daydreams of John falling for her. However, the movie takes a better route in the end when Doris chooses to focus on her own independence and strength instead of following a possible fling with a younger man. Doris’s decision undercuts the movie’s unrealistic romantic bent and ends with a more moral message of not losing oneself in wishful fantasies of love. In the end, Doris literally and metaphorically cleans out all the trash of her past so she can have a fresh start.
HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS has some sexual tension and lewd references, but no actual sex scenes. Also, one minor character uses the “f” word frequently, and one of the protagonist’s co-workers is homosexual. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.