About 30 minutes into Hello, My Name of Doris—the first all-out indie hit of 2016—the 20-something John (Max Greenfield) approaches his coworker, the 60-something Doris (the amazing Sally Field) and says, "You know what Doris? You're a baller... straight up." He reaches out for a fist-bump and a puzzled Doris has to think for a moment before grabbing his fist and shakes his arm.
Doris doesn't seem to fit it anywhere—not at work, not with her family and not with much of the 21st century. In her solitude, she isn't aware that she's out-of-synch with practically everyone.
"Sometimes people throw away nice things. You would be surprised," Doris says, before carrying another piece of sidewalk junk home to her house of hoards.
Much to Doris' delight, John sees quirk and style instead of the deeply troubled singleton that she has become. However, Doris misinterprets his interest as romantic. Soon enough, she begins stalking John (in a somewhat sweet, rather than creepy way). One night, Doris follows her decades-younger prey to an EDM concert, where Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff hilariously plays the fictional recording artist by the name of "Baby Goya." The EDM artist is instantly enamored of Doris' style and begs her to pose for his new album cover, which she does to John's delight.
Things go well for Doris... until they don't. We can see where Doris' fantasy is heading but it doesn't make it any less heartbreaking. The lost-and-found tale of Hello, My Name is Doris just builds and builds, with the expert care of writer/director Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer) and the film goes from good, to very good to pretty great.
And Sally Field. My, oh my. What can I say about the swoon-worthy Sally Field? To baby boomers, she's Gidget, The Flying Nun and Sybil. To others, she's the best part of Smokey and the Bandit. To others still, she's mother to Forrest Gump, Aunt May to Spiderman or Mary Todd to Daniel Day Lewis' Lincoln. Let's not forget her two Best Actress Oscars for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart.
What an absolute joy it is for an actress such as Field to mine a gem of a leading role at this point in her career.
According to website Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score for Hello, My Name is Doris is a near-perfect 100 percent (the critics have been kind, as well). My sense is this is the first must-see film of the year.