Thursday, August 4, 2016

MOVIE WEEKEND: HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Hello, my name is Janie, Janie Junebug, J-U-N-E-B-U-G, and I want to introduce you to Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015, Rated R, Available on DVD).


Doris (Sally Field) is a sixty-plus woman with a lot of problems. She has spent her entire adult life in her family's home so she could care for her ill mother, while her brother started a business and a family of his own. Their mother has died, and Doris has difficulty letting go of the past, which is symbolized by a bad case of hoarding.

As an older woman, she's also a pariah where she works until a new guy joins the office as the Art Director. Doris falls hard for John (Max Greenfield). Her friend Roz's (Tyne Daly in a fine performance) granddaughter helps Doris set up a Facebook account with a fake name so she can "Friend" John.

But at the office, John sees past Doris's age and becomes her friend. He introduces her to his friends, who are equally accepting of Doris. Suddenly, Doris's quirkiness is fun and enjoyable.

I don't want to spoil the movie for you, but I promise you that the changes Doris goes through during her new experiences with the younger crowd ultimately lead to change in her own life that will make her happier.

Sally Field is great in this movie. She's an excellent actress who can portray Doris's strangeness that maybe isn't so strange after all. Doris needs to move forward. She's worn herself a groove in her home and at her job, but she jumps out of the groove with all the feistiness of Norma Rae or Forrest Gump's mama.

Gosh, it's nice to see indie films that don't have anything to do with comic book characters! Hello, My Name Is Doris earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Highest Yes We Are Getting Older And We Want Movies That Appeal To Us Approval And This One Is Outstanding.

I watched Doris on a DVD delivered to me from Netflix by my somewhat friendly neighborhood mail carrier. This film deserved more attention than it received. Doris may be older, but she's a person with feelings and ideas. Respect the Doris and the Junebug.

Happy viewing!


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

35 comments:

  1. Hi Janie - seems like a fun movie to watch - I've never heard of it ... but Sally Field is well known as a great actress ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Thanks Jane. You've recommend some movies that I've loved so we will watch this one.
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    1. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did. You'll be glad you watched it.

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  3. This is one that I really want to see. I listened to an interview with Sally and the director Michael Showalter (known for his comedy work with the comedy sketch group, The State) and it was so sweet and endearing. I'm glad to get some confirmation. Besides, it has Sally Field! Who doesn't like Sally Field?

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    1. Donald Trump probably doesn't like Sally Field.

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  4. I love Sally Field! The fantasies about her young co-worker were a bit over the top for me, but she seemed to be a socially inept virgin in her 60s so I guess you could see her imagination going wild sometimes--LOL! It was refreshing to see a movie about a unique, lovely misfit of an age, shall we say. I enjoyed it. :)

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    1. We are unique, lovely misfits of an age. Perhaps we should fall in love with younger men. Oh, wait! You already have done. Your younger love is Ian.

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  5. Nice review, Janie...

    I've always loved Sally Field, and she seems PERFECT for this role. I will definitely check it out! THANKS!

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    1. I hope you like it. I enjoyed the perspectives of the two age groups because they realized they weren't so different after all.

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  6. I am so psyched...I have control of my TV again, and can rent movies.

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  7. I saw the movie and liked it though I did find parts of it a little hard to watch>

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    1. I'm curious. Would you like to share what parts were hard to watch?

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  8. It is queue up on my list right after Woman in Gold.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I hope you love both of those movies. I adored them.

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  9. I haven't heard of this movie but it sounds like an engaging story.

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  10. I'd never heard of this movie--I just ordered it!!

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    1. Please let me know what you think of it. I value your opinion.

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  11. I watched this a couple of months ago and I, also enjoyed it. Sally Fields really did a great job on her portrayal of "quirky".

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  12. Never heard of this movie. Did it not get a wide release? Will keep my eyes peeled for it on Netflix (Canada).

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    1. It was an indie movie with a small budget. I didn't hear about it until it was on DVD.

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  13. You can't go wrong with Sally Field. She's a doll.
    Have a nice weekend, JJ. xo

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    1. It's a great weekend because it's cooler. Willy Dunne Wooters and I had a wild time yesterday. We ate at Cracker Barrel, where we fit right in.

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  14. I love all your movie recommendations and keep a running list that I want to watch based on your reviews!

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  15. I haven't heard of this either, but then I haven't really been much of a movie watcher lately (which is a shame since I used to work in a video store way back when those existed.)

    It sounds like a good movie, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. There ought to be a lot more movies that cater to women over 40. It's a shame what they do to older actresses in Hollywood (says the guy who keeps writing about young actresses...)

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    1. Pickleope wrote a post recently about how men don't really age better than women. We women are like fine wine: We're not getting older--we're getting better.

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  16. I didn't want to see it when it came to town, now I may have to reconsider. Thanks for a great review Ms. Junebug.

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    1. Thanks for a sweet comment, Ms. Inger.

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  17. "Gotta" watch it, if it's on Netflix.

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    1. I don't think it's on streaming, but I got the DVD from Netflix. I am a Netflix devotee.

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  18. I have been waiting and waiting to see this movie! I hope it is worth it and am glad to hear/read that you enjoyed it!

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