Sally Field is at last destined to understand that, yes, we like her. HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS is every bit as good as you've heard from most of our critics and undoubtedly, too, from your friends who've seen it and are getting that word-of-mouth rolling. But is it one of those "feel-good" movies that us senior citizen regularly flock to? Well, yes and no. This is a would-be love story about the relationship between a younger man and a much-older woman, much of which goes on in the older woman's head. Is that relationship inappropriate? Of course. But then, older men have been succeeding (on film, at least) with much younger women practically since movies were born. So why not the other way around? Because we still make (or at least fake) obeisance to our patriarchal society, for one thing.
Michael Showalter (shown at right), who collaborated on the screenplay with Laura Terruso (inspired, perhaps, by Ms Terruso's short film Doris & the Intern), Hello, My Name Is Doris bounces along so buoyantly with such good humor that we follow it wherever it goes. And it goes in a lot of surprising, oddball directions that are somehow both believable and germane.
Max Greenfield as the love object, John (shown above, right, with his own love object, played very nicely by Beth Behrs).
Tyne Daley (above, center), with Peter Gallagher (shown back view) as a savvy self-help guru. Perhaps the dearest performance comes from the always-wonderful Elizabeth Reaser as a kindly, intelligent therapist dedicated to helping those who "hoard."
Roadside Attractions and running a just about perfect 90 minutes -- after debuting in our culture capitals last week, opened yesterday here in South Florida, where many of its screenings are already sold out. Book early, seniors. And the rest of you younger audiences, take note: You'll have a much better at this film that you expect! The movie is now showing at Miami's AMC Aventura Mall 24 and Regal's South Beach 18; in Fort Lauderdale at the Cinema Paradiso; in Boca Raton at the Cinemark Palace 20, Regal Shadowood, the Living Room Theaters; at the Movies of Delray 5; in Palm Beach Gardens at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens; in Orlando at the Winter Park Village 20; in Tampa at Veterans Expressway 24; in Ft. Myers at the Regal Bell Tower 20; and Naples' Silverspot 12 Cinemas at Mercato.