Hello, My Name Is Doris

3.5 Stars

Cute ‘n sweet

Sometimes a film is only as good as the strength of its main character. You care about what happens to them, and therefore you want to watch the movie. I’ve been completely turned off films simply because I found the main character irritating and difficult to relate to (Notably, Amélie and Into The Wild). This is where Hello, My name is Doris shines. Doris (Sally Field) is such a loveable and charismatic character, you can’t help but root for her.

There’s the saying ‘Age is just a number’, but when the age gap gets up to 30-something years, it starts to seem like it can only belong in the realms of fantasy. This is precisely what happens when Doris develops a major crush on the young new art director at her work, John Freemont (Max Greenfield).

This isn’t your usual mass-produced romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, or equivalent. Sally Field is absolutely perfect in her role as the quirky Doris. Even though she is 69 years of age, she manages to put forth a youthful exuberance which makes her so endearing.

There are some amusing moments, but there isn’t much laugh-out-loud material here. It’s more of a light-hearted drama than a full-blown comedy. Yet at the same time there isn’t too much heavy material either. If you’re after a cup of hot cocoa and warm blanket movie on a Friday night, this is it!

Hello, My Name Is Doris premieres in Sweden on 27 May.