HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS (2016)
Michael Showalter’s film from a screenplay that he co-wrote with Laura Terruso provides a real tour de force for Sally Field, detailing the problems an older worker experiences in an increasingly youthful environment. Doris Miller (Field) is a character grieving the recent death of her mother whom she took care of while holding down an accounting job in a Manhattan firm that took over the company Doris had worked in for years. Through a series of circumstances that are also partly imagined by Doris, she starts to fall in love with a much younger executive who is new to the company. This is a film that addresses the pain and loneliness of growing older in an increasingly youth oriented society, the importance of friends, the phenomenon of hoarding one’s possessions and how to move on when all hope seems lost. I enjoyed this movie and especially the opportunity it gave for Sally Field to shine in a role she was born to play. Excellent support was supplied by Tyne Daly, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Gallagher and Natasha Lyonne among many others.