Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Movie Review: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

Hello, My Name is Doris - Directed by Michael Showalter; Written by Laura Terruso, Showalter; Starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Kumail Nanjiani, Rich Sommer, Peter Gallagher.

By Kenny Howell

An awkward older woman falls in love with a younger man in this comedy from director Michael Showalter.

Sally Field plays the titular Doris, a kooky woman who becomes enamored with a new employee named John (Max Greenfield). She makes a fake Facebook profile so that she can follow him and try to pull him in by sharing the same interests. She starts listening to a band he loves, as well as other little things just to get his attention.

The attempt sort of works, as she starts getting invited out to John and all his younger friends, which reinvigorates her life, but also makes her fall deeper for John.

Hello, My Name is Doris is a harmless enough comedy that doesn't strive for too much, but also doesn't fall short of its aim. It may have wanted to be a bit more poignant than it was. Doris has some issues that are touched upon, but never really fleshed out. Sally Field does her best to make those moments count, helps salvage scenes that might not have worked without her, and it hits that sweet spot it needs to hit.

Rating: **1/2

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