Review: Hello, My Name is Doris, B-
Rated R, 95 minutes
We all have big dreams, some unattainable, that we like to hold on to longer than we care to admit. That's the premise of the quirky, heartfelt new romantic comedy "Hello, My Name is Doris." Not everything works perfectly, but it's held together by the magic of Oscar-winner Sally Field in the lead role. With help from her best friend's (Tyne Daly) granddaughter (Isabella Acres), a smitten, lonely woman named Doris (Field) concocts schemes to get the attention of younger co-worker John (Max Greenfield) in her office. Directed and co-written by Michael Showalter ("They Came Together"), the charming, unusual comedy "Hello, My Name is Doris" works best as sort of a fantasy romance that's a bit disconnected from reality. Field is delightful as the lonely, older and slightly weird woman who has a crush on the handsome new guy in the office (Greenfield of TV's "New Girl" and perfectly cast here) who may be oblivious that Doris even exists. There are fun moments to be had, such as Field going to an electronica concert or trying to hang with people half her age; it tends to skim over some of the more serious issues that Doris has, including her hoarding or her flights of fancy, but Field is touching and a pleasure to watch, giving Doris bursts of humanity the screenplay tends to overlook, making her more than just the crazy cat lady who dresses funny. The supporting cast is memorable too, including Greenfield, Stephen Root as her concerned brother, Elizabeth Reaser as her therapist, and of course the wonderful Tyne Daly of "Cagney & Lacey" fame, who is brilliantly funny and stealing every scene she's in, including an early scene with she and Field in a gym. As good as Field is, I can't help but wonder if this was intended for a younger actress, or if the premise really is concerned with a woman pining over someone half her age, which in reality would likely not happen. Reality aside, the funny and sincere "Hello, My Name is Doris" works because of Field, who still has it in a pleasantly touching role.