Scoring the 18th place on my Most Anticipated of the Year List, Hello, My Name is Doris, lives up to the hype and proves to be a wonderful, cute and giddy film that puts a clever spin on the rom-com genre.
Working as the perfect opposite to Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude, Hello, My Name is Doris focuses on Doris, a hoarder who’s mother has just passed away. But, to contrast the negative slope her life has seemingly taken, Doris meets John (Max Greenfield) and its all pretty self-explanatory from there. The film is just delightful, Sally Field fully commits to Doris and turns in one of her best performances ever. Greenfield plays off the super-charged energy of Doris and together they present true happiness on screen. Michael Showalter also does a great job as a director, never reducing the film to silly tropes and always keeping the film freshly fun. The film follows highs and lows but never loses its reaffirming position on being who you are and the fact that it’s never too late to embrace your true self. The path Doris takes here is just beautiful and feels almost like she started a caterpillar and became a butterfly as the film progressed. There are a few things that repeat themselves here and there and some scenarios that do feel like you’ve seen them in the past, but besides that, Hello, My Name is Doris is an eccentric film with great performances and a reaffirming position on life.