Friday Night Movie: Hello, My Name is Doris

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"A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker." (IMDb)

When I first saw this trailer last month, I thought it was the most adorable thing ever. Of course, I knew I needed to see this movie. Sally Field stars as the title character who is a quirky, yet socially awkward office worker. In reading the reviews on this film, Field makes Doris a believable woman instead of falling to a caricature/stereotype.

Roadside Attractions was able to get a hold of this indie comedy starring Sally Field, making it the biggest deal from this years SXSW Film Festival ($1.75 million). According to Variety, Field received a standing ovation for her performance when the film premiered in March of last year in Austin.

This wasn't a surprise to me. I have no doubt that Sally Field delivers in this movie. Her filmography alone proves that. In an interview with Made in Hollywood, Field, 69,  talked about crafting her character Doris. "She was a very intricate character to develop and hold on to. It's important that she be a real person with real problems that you feel all the time".

She continued by saying that there's "a lot of Doris in all of us. Every part of our life, every stage of our life, we're challenged to change and move into new territory where we're young and we don't know what we're doing, and we're awkward and we're new" (Made in Hollywood).

If Sally Field alone wasn't enough to get you see this movie, then you've got to come for the supporting cast which includes Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and we can't forget the object of Doris' affection, Max Greenfield. I LOVE Greenfield as Schmidt on New Girl. It'll be a nice change to see him outside of that character in this film. Because we all know how Schmidt can remember the Schmidt jar?

Max Greenfield ,35, who plays John Fremont talked about the chemistry that he has with his co-star Sally Field. "I think it's a really sweet story about two people who are kind of looking for a connection in life and don't have one at a specific time, and meet each other and are kind of, you know, find something interesting and sweet about the other" (Made in Hollywood). In his interview, Greenfield describes that his character finds it easier to connect with his much older coworker (Field) than with anybody else. He explains "[He] found this really safe, trusting home with her, and loved it and found somebody who got him, and vice versa."

Ugh. Gotta love him.

I don't think this movie is going to be your typical comedy. I think there will be a lot of variety to it. Well, that's what I'm hoping for. Roadside Attraction's co-president Howard Cohen spoke to Variety about the film and how it will connect with both younger and older audiences. "Michael Showalter has made a film with both great heart, big laughs and a bit of bite...It's so great to see Sally wit ha full-blown leading role, and you remember how much she is a beloved national treasure film actress as well as a two-time best actress Oscar winner" (Variety).

Hello, My Name is Doris, directed by Michael Showalter opens in theaters today!

Check out the trailer below. What do you think?

Sources: Variety, Made in Hollywood, IMDb

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