Hello My Name is Doris – Delicious, Delicious Satire

Hello My Name is Doris is a pleasant surprise: a satisfying satire of today’s youth thinly veiled as a geriatric rom-com. I initially decided to watch the film as I was in the mood for something light and bubbly, and adore Sally Field. Field, in the role of Doris, shines. Her character is multidimensional and fleshed out guaranteeing the viewer truly wants good things to happen to her. After her live-in mother’s death, she is left to pick up the pieces and examine her life and single lady status. What happens is absolutely delightful: she falls hopelessly in love with a man thirty years her younger (played by Max Greenfield, most notably from New Girl). Soon she is accepted into his very hipster fold, and this is where the fun really starts. Instead of the usual formulaic unrequited love film, viewers are treated to a bold examination of the hipster lifestyle. Doris goes with the flow, elated that she has found some new young friends, and suddenly her routine, rut filled life is ripe with possibility. But the question isn’t if she gets the boy in the end, but rather, does these friends truly see her as an equal? Or an ironic footnote to their tragically hip existence? I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the film. Especially at the fictional indie electropop band Baby Goya and the Nuclear Winters. Yep. You read that right. See this film and delight in the meta humor, and a story around a character that is lovable and deserves great things. I heartily recommend.

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