National Board of Reviews: Top 10 Indie Films 2016
This is a very upbeat little film. Whoever did costume design should get an award! Doris and her outfits puts Sex and the City to shame. There’s a lot of talent in this film and a lot of known faces and some names. Nobody is really an out there number one A-list actor, but even the smaller roles have good talent in them. That is what makes the film so enjoyable.
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.
Common Sense Media
…is like a beacon of beckoning human warmth just waiting to be cherished.
When Doris Miller meets John Fremont, her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz. When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.
Doris is a 60-ish, never-wed office drone whose sheltered life has been spent on Staten Island with a fat, lazy cat, a demanding invalid mother and decades of hoarded clutter. We laugh at her foibles, applaud her small victories, agonise over her questionable choices, share her growth pains and allow her to tug on our heartstrings. In a society that too often devalues its older citizenry, Doris’ arrival is as welcome as the first crocus of spring.
Sally Field was very brave in this film. She embraced the quirkiness of the character, was open to obvious gaps in age and mindset, and allowed herself to go on a true adventure. I would like to think that she is going to go on and become a curator in a museum or that really cool lady in the op shop that you like to have tea with.
Personally, I would definitely have tea with Doris on a regular basis.
USA 2016, 95 min, rated M (language)
Directed by Michael Showalter
Starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs & Isabella Acres