761. Hello, My Name is Doris

Background info

Title: Hello, My Name is Doris
Director: Michael Showalter
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 35m

“After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain age finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love in Hello, My Name is Doris, a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story.”

Live blog

2:08 – “You held on to a lot of stuff.” Nicest description of hoarding ever.
4:30 – Oof, I’d just take the stairs. Or wait for the next elevator.
6:45. – Yay Natasha. She’s so lovely.
8:35 – I like the elevated running track thing.
10:33 – “There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.”
12:28 – I’m possible.
17:25 – Haha, she’s so funny!
21:02 – I like that there’s a picture comes up for ‘girl with a masters degree’.
24:42 – She dances like a Thunderbird.
26:39 – “They’re like… cat ladies, or whatever.”
38:55 – “Friends with bennies.”
39:22 – Doris is so squad goals. Out of place but who cares?
45:44 – “You appear to be taking dating advice from a 13 year old.”
49:09 – How long were they on the subway for that it got dark?
52:09 – Rooftop knitting circle!
54:08 – Eek, drunk Facebooking. Nooo.
1:05:35 – Aww, I don’t like Doris and Ros fighting.
1:07:35 – I would very much like a mixologist friend.
1:17:31 – She looks better without all the hair and make-up.

Conclusions

I loved this wonderfully, quirky film. It’s clearly just a vehicle for Sally Field to show how brilliant she is, but it did that perfectly. She was brilliant! And it was nice to see a flawed character going on a journey that doesn’t necessarily end happily but certainly winds up better than it started!

Gently funny and also slightly heartbreaking, the most important thing I got from the film was Doris’s self-esteem and lack of caring what others really think of her. Somehow that made her even more popular, crossing generations and creating friendships wherever she went. I don’t know that real life is like that, but even so, it’s inspirational.

Rating: 4/5.

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