A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie depicts friendship between people from different generations who connect through presumed shared interests. Doris' story proves that just because you're over a certain age doesn't mean you stop wanting romance, friendship, and connection.
Positive Role Models
John and Brooklyn are sweet to Doris and genuinely befriend her, despite their age difference. Doris' best friend, Roz, tries to help Doris and support her while also expressing concern about her erratic behavior. Doris means well, but she does some untruthful things (including cyberstalking) to gain John's attention and become friends with him.
Violence & Scariness
Brief opening scene shows a dead body in a coffin at a funeral. Doris has a breakdown when a therapist and her relatives try to help her clear out her hoarded items.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several scenes when Doris fantasizes about kissing/making out with John. Doris fixates on couples who kiss passionately.
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Strong language includes several uses of "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Products seen include Apple MacBook, Facebook, iPhone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at clubs and parties; they play a drinking game in one scene. Doris drinks in excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hello, My Name Is Doris is a dramedy starring Sally Field as a quirky 60-something New Yorker who falls for a coworker half her age (Max Greenfield). Although sexual content doesn't include much more than kissing (both in Doris' daydreams and seen around her), there's a lot of strong language (especially "f--k," "f--king," and "s--t") and some mature themes related to May-December romances, cyberstalking (Doris creates a fake Facebook account to follow and friend her crush), hoarding, grief, and unhealthy family dynamics. That said, the movie does depict the way intergenerational bonds form and how some friendships can transcend age. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Field is a dream in this tender-hearted dramedy about a lonely 60-something woman with a fierce sense of style but no sense of how to start a relationship with a man half her age. As the quirky titular character, Field is in basically every scene of the film, and she's utterly riveting as a (to quote another character) "weird, but in a good way" Staten Islander who has a couple of lifelong friends but is otherwise rootless after the death of her mentally ill mother. From her love of romance novels and the wistful way she stares at real-life couples, it's obvious that Doris longs for love -- something her character has missed out on for nearly all of her adult life. New Girl star Greenfield is perfectly cast as John, the object of her affection and attention. He's got the kind of sparkly smile and bedroom eyes necessary to make Doris swoon, but he's also not so beautiful that he seems unapproachable.
Directed by Michael Showalter, the movie explores why Doris, with her cat's-eye glasses and '50s outfits, is an ideal match for the kind of young Brooklyn hipsters who make their living creating artisanal fare and working in an LGBT preschool. Yes, the hipster cliches are stereotypical, but they're still funny. The story is full of sweet sequences that beautifully depict how Doris' girlish enthusiasm for John brings her out of her shell, even though the situation begins to seriously concern Roz (Daly also gives a wonderful performance). One particularly effective scene takes place at a concert that could be straight out of HBO's Girls. John's favorite electropop artist is playing, so Doris shows up. Dressed in all neon, she ends up delighting the Millennials with her "fierce" outfit and age-defying (if feigned...) love of a group that caters to the under-30 crowd. Field, who's 69, is luminous as Doris, proving that a tremendous actress can shine at any age if given the opportunity.
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