HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS
2015 | M | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker.
1) Did you like it?
I started the movie really liking the premise – you don’t see a lot of older-woman-pursuing-younger-man films in Hollywood – but it ended up almost entirely missing the note for me.
A lot of Doris’s efforts to get closer to John personally veered right into cringey/creepy territory: drunk-posting on John’s Facebook page and engaging in a little catfishing scheme, physically stalking him and following him around town, spacing out to racy daydreams… while all of these were for comedic value, they only ended up making me feel a lot of secondhand embarrassment. Because of this, I found some of the scenes so awkward and uncomfortable to watch.
3) “You would like this movie if…”
- You like Sally Fields. My complaints aside, she really carried the movie and made the character also cute, apart from just being creepy.
- You like vintage clothes! Doris definitely doesn’t hold back with her fashion choices.
- You like a coming-of-age movie because at the heart of it, I feel like that is what Hello, My Name is Doris is all about – her romantic interest in John was only a catalyst to all these other (good, healthy) changes in her life.
4) “This movie made me think about…”
How I’d like to see these types of pairing a bit more in mainstream media… but perhaps more realistically or in a less creepy way, if that’s possible.