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.
Infinities of love,