Hello, My Name Is Doris

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Hello, My Name Is Doris
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Showalter
Produced by
  • Daniel Frown
  • Kevin Mann
  • Riva Marker
  • Nikhilesh Mehra
  • Jordana Mollick
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Written by
  • Michael Showalter
  • Laura Terruso
Starring
Music by Brian H. Kim
Cinematography Brian Burgoyne
Edited by Robert Nassau
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 14, 2015 (2015-03-14) (SXSW)
  • March 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million[1]
Box office $14.7 million[2]

Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2015 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay by Showalter and Laura Terruso, about a woman in her 60s who tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker. It stars Sally Field in the title role, alongside Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Natasha Lyonne and Tyne Daly. The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14, 2015,[3] and was theatrically released on March 11, 2016, by Roadside Attractions and Stage 6 Films.[4]

Plot[edit]

Doris Miller is a shy, eccentric 60-something woman, living alone following the death of her mother, whom she has lived with for her whole life. At the funeral, her brother Todd and his wife Cynthia try to persuade her to sell the house, especially the possessions, as she is a hoarder. Her only close friend is the fiery Roz, though she also gets along with Roz's granddaughter Vivian. On her way to work, where she has been doing data entry for decades, she meets new young co-worker John, with whom she is immediately infatuated. Empowered by self-improvement tapes, Doris decides to go after him.

Doris finds ways to get John's attention; the attempts are frequently combined with daydream fantasies about a passionate love affair between them. With the help of Vivian, Doris creates a fake social media profile in order to find information about John, and discovers that he loves an electropop band that is planning an upcoming concert in the area. Doris buys a CD for the band, which gets John's attention, and attends the concert, where she meets him and they spend time together. The band is intrigued by Doris and invite her backstage, where they spend a fun evening meeting young artists in the area. John tells Doris that he and his girlfriend recently broke up over text, and asks her about her love life. She reveals that she was engaged in the past, but had to end it in order to take care of her mother. John gives her a friendly kiss goodnight, and Doris is in love.

John is distracted for the next week, and Doris discovers that he has a girlfriend, Brooklyn. Though Brooklyn is friendly and welcoming to her, Doris is devastated. She spends the night drinking wine, and in a drunken fit of anguish, she posts a comment on John's social media wall while using her fake profile, posing as a scorned young woman with whom he had a torrid love affair. The next morning, Todd arrives with Doris' therapist, planning on decluttering her house, but when Cynthia tries to throw out a pencil Doris stole from John, Doris angrily throws them out of her house.

At work, Brooklyn arrives and has a fight with John before breaking up with him. Brooklyn later tells Doris that she had seen the comment on his wall and accused him of cheating on her, and she admits that she was cheated on in the past. After work, John tells Doris about the incident and invites her to his Thanksgiving for friends. She agrees, and when he asks her if she would ever be interested in dating a younger man, she is elated at this indication he is interested in her.

She dresses up and goes to the Thanksgiving party where she meets John's uncle, who is clearly interested in her. During the party, she asks to talk to John in his bedroom. While trying to come onto him, Doris reveals that she has always liked him and that she posted the comment that caused Brooklyn to break up with him. Furious, John rebuffs her. When a flustered Doris asks him what he meant by asking her if she was interested in younger men, John clarifies that he trying to set her up with his uncle, who is a decade younger than Doris. Doris leaves, deeply hurt, and invites Roz over for comfort.

Doris invites her therapist over again to declutter her house, and she succeeds getting it cleaned up. She quits her job, and says good-bye to John before she leaves. She has another fantasy where John kisses her and proposes that they should be together; in reality, she enters the elevator to leave, alone. After hesitating, John calls out her name and runs toward the elevator. The doors close.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On April 18, 2014, Max Greenfield was cast in the male lead role.[5] On May 28, 2014, it was announced that Sally Field would play the title character, and on the same day Beth Behrs was also cast.[6] On June 27, 2014, Natasha Lyonne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kyle Mooney, and Kumail Nanjiani were announced as part of the cast.[7] On July 11, 2014, YouTube star Anna Akana was cast as a web blogger whose attention is piqued by Field’s character.[8]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere on March 14, 2015, at South by Southwest.[3] Shortly after it was announced Roadside Attractions had acquired distribution rights to the film.[9] It was later revealed that Stage 6 Films would co-partner on the domestic release, and release the film internationally.[10] The film also screened at the Montclair Film Festival on May 1, 2015.[11] The film was theatrically released on March 11, 2016, in a limited release, before opening in a wide release on April 1, 2016.[2]

Reception[edit]

Hello, My Name Is Doris received generally positive reviews from film critics. It holds an 83% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 100 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The critical consensus reads: "Hello, My Name Is Doris is immeasurably elevated by Sally Field's remarkable performance in the title role, which overpowers a surfeit of stereotypical indie quirk."[12] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 63 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Joe Leydon of Variety gave the film a positive review, writing "Sally Field keeps the movie on an even keel, for the most part, with an adroit and disciplined lead performance that generates both laughter and sympathy, with relatively few yanks on the heartstrings. Audiences of a certain age might respond warmly, provided they are stoked by savvy marketing and favorable word of mouth."[14] Eric Kohn of Indiewire.com also gave the film a positive review, a B+, writing "Hello, My Name is Doris effectively conveys the cruel ambivalence of an ageist society, and despite its formulaic ingredients, the movie responds to that setback with Field's exuberant, virtuoso turn providing the ultimate critical response."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards February 6, 2017 Best Actress Sally Field Nominated [16]
Best Comedy Hello, My Name Is Doris Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists December 21, 2016 Best Woman Screenwriter Laura Terruso Nominated [17][18]
Actress Defying Age and Ageism Sally Field Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Actress in a Comedy Sally Field Nominated [19]
SXSW Film Festival March 21, 2015 Audience Award – Headliner Hello, My Name Is Doris Won [20]
Women Film Critics Circle December 19, 2016 Best Comedic Actress Sally Field Nominated [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammond, Pete (March 10, 2016). "'Hello, My Name Is Doris' Review: Sally Field Triumphs Again In Winning Comedy-Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Nigel M Smith (8 January 2015). "SXSW Film Festival Will Open With Ondi Timoner's Russell - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hello, My Name is Doris". BoxOfficeMojo. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Max Greenfield to Star in Michael Showalter's Dramedy 'Hello My Name Is Doris' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. April 18, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs Star In Indie 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'". Deadline Hollywood. May 28, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Natasha Lyonne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kyle Mooney, Kumail Nanjiani Join Indie Comedy (Exclusive)". The Wrap. June 27, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Hello, My Name Is Doris' Uploads YouTuber Anna Akana". Deadline Hollywood. July 11, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (April 14, 2015). "Roadside Attractions Lands 'Hello, My Name is Doris'". Variety. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Brooks, Brian (March 11, 2016). "Oscar-Winning Veterans Lead 'Hello, My Name Is Doris', 'Remember' & 'Eye In The Sky': Specialty Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hello, My Name Is Doris". Montclair Film Festival. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hello, My Name Is Doris". Metacritic. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ Leydon, Joe (March 14, 2015). "SXSW Film Review: 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Kohn, Eric (March 14, 2015). "SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  16. ^ Rahman, Abid (December 15, 2016). "Denzel Washington's 'Fences' Leads Nominations for AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ Merin, Jennifer (December 16, 2016). "2016 AWFJ EDA Award Nominees". Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ McCue, Michelle (December 16, 2016). "'Arrival', 'La La Land', 'Hell or High Water' Among The Nominees for the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards". WeAreMovieGeeks.com. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "La La Land Leads with 12 Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards". Critics' Choice. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  20. ^ THR Staff. "SXSW 2015: Audience Award Winners Announced". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Women Film Critics Circle Nominations: "Hidden Figures," "13th," & More". Women And Hollywood. December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 

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