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Brief Thoughts: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

credit: Aaron Epstein

credit: Aaron Epstein

I love going to the movies. In an average month, I’d say I typically make four trips to a theatre where I check out a new release. But lately I have had little motivation to leave my apartment, comb my hair, and spend $10-$15 to see any of the movies released within the past few months. There is a serious shortage of films that peak my interest these days. Everything seems to be related to the Marvel franchise, a remake, or something that is made for children. There is nothing wrong with these types of movies, but it takes more than over-the-top effects and a rotation of what seems like the same 15 actors in a movie to peel me away from a program I can access with my Apple Box.

Hello, My Name is Doris is a comedy-drama I have wanted to check out since I caught promo interviews with stars Sally Field and Max Greenfield of New Girl in March. Field plays Doris Miller— a quiet sixty-something woman who has spent the majority of her life doing for others.  With a push from a self-help seminar, she decides to make a move on John Fremont, her much younger colleague (Greenfield) who catches her eye.

I don’t feel like a long, ramble of a review fits this movie so I have decided to list, in point form, thoughts that ran through my mind as I watched this charming movie

 

Like anyone who was born before the nineties, I absolutely love Sally Field. Her performance just reminds me of this and makes me want to have a sit down with her agent so we can discuss what it will take to see her on the big screen more often.

I love a kooky dresser. Kudos to the costume choices for Doris Miller, she reminds us that a poodle skirt with a bright lip and contrasting headband is a perfect way to express oneself (even in your sixties).

We already know Max Greenfield is funny from his role as Schmidt on New Girl, but in this movie he proves he can totally pull off the sweet-handsome-caring type.

Doris stalking her crush on Facebook with the help of a teenager and feeling betrayed when she learns he has a girlfriend is a great universal message: The ups and downs of being in love are erratic at any age.  

I need to check out this soundtrack. 
*no official soundtrack available from what I can see

Sometimes an ending that leaves some questions unanswered is absolute perfection.

I know this isn’t possible, but I’m convinced Doris is based on me at age 72.

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