Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray & DVD June 14, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, Doris (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new coworker (Max Greenfield) and a self-help guru that inspires her to take a chance on love. Hello, My Name Is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age story that will make you cheer and want to say, “I’m Possible!”
‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ follows the quiet and wonderfully strange Doris (Field) following the tragic loss of her elderly mother who she had personally been caring for. Now more alone than ever, when a young and handsome new co-worker named John (Greenfield) joins the team, Doris becomes quickly infatuated with him despite the notable age difference and soon finds herself creating constant opportunities to run into him which soon results in an offbeat and heartwarming friendship blooming between the two. Yet as Doris and John continue to spend an increasing amount of time together, she becomes more convinced he may in fact share the romantic feelings for her that she so strongly possesses for him. The only question is whether the risk is worth taking and what the ramifications might be if the feelings are not in fact mutual.
Directed by Michael Showalter (writer of Wet Hot American Summer) from a script he also wrote with Laura Terruso which was based upon her own short film titled ‘Doris & the Intern’ and also marks her feature film screenwriting debut, Showalter does an outstanding job at the helm of ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ and guides the film with a wonderfully enjoyable charm. The film definitely owes plenty of credit to the talented folks who comprise the cast including Sally Field (Forrest Gump), Max Greenfield (TV’s New Girl), Tyne Daly (TV’s Cagney & Lacey), Beth Behrs (TV’s 2 Broke Girls), Kumail Nanjiani (TV’s Silicon Valley) and a number more, all of whom deliver solid performances in each of their respective roles, even if Sally Field still manages to effortlessly steal the show with her truly phenomenal portrayal of the title character.
‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ is a fantastic and uplifting little film featuring Sally Field at her absolute best in the role of Doris, a performance that feels as if it could not have been pulled off by anyone else, everything from her facial and body twitches, to the truly perfect expressions that provide more than words ever could. Director Michael Showalter delivers a wonderful, heartwarming and downright hilarious film here that is unlike anything else you’ve had the pleasure of this year and I cannot recommend this film strongly enough to any fan of quality filmmaking, great comedy, and/or simply Sally Field at her charming best. ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ is a unique comedic gem that you will not want to miss out on and it’s certainly more than worth the cost of a rental, therefore you have no reason to.
Overall, ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ is a marvelous, emotionally uplifting and consistently hilarious gem of a film that comedy (and likely romance) fans won’t forgive themselves for missing out on. Guided with a perfect offbeat charm by director Michael Showalter and featuring the incredibly talented Sally Field in quite likely one of her most fantastic performances ever and complimented by a talented supporting cast, this is one ridiculously enjoyable film and I strongly urge everyone to give it a shot, I’m confident most won’t regret doing so in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, Sony once again delivering a sharp, detailed and suitably bright presentation from start to end. It holds up in every possible way, from the bright and vibrant office surroundings, to the contrasting colors within a music club, and with no notable faults of any sort to be found within. Overall, this is a wonderful high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack delivers a more than adequate audio presentation, providing a clean, relatively calm and perfectly fitting audio experience throughout. Often utilizing all five available channels with calmer activity such as general ambience within the office and home settings, while hitting a bit harder during the club sequence and a few other moments, and never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way tasked of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Hello, My Name Is Doris’ includes a couple of solid extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Director Michael Showalter’, in addition to a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film including an ‘Alternate Opening’ (running approximately 25 minutes in length altogether).