Hello, My Name is
by Tony Medley
Runtime 90 minutes.
OK for children.
This is a film that
touches on many things in a fast 90 minutes, aging, devoting one’s life
to care of a parent, infatuation with a younger person, hording,
self-help seminars, fantasy, coming of age, and acceptance.
Oscar® winner Sally Field), who has cared for her elderly mother while
her brother lived his life, finds herself alone in a house by herself
after her mother dies. She becomes infatuated with a new co-worker, John
Fremont (Max Greenfield), at least 30 years younger, and the movie is
about how that develops and how it affects everyone’s lives.
Directed by Michael
Showalter from a script by Laura Terruso and Showalter, from a short,
8-minute film by Terruso when she was a film student, Field gives an
especially touching performance as the aging Doris who deludes herself.
While the entire cast is very good, Greenfield is believable as a
charming guy who unintentionally gives Doris the wrong idea.
Morally, the movie
has one huge flaw that seems to preach that the end justifies the means.
I don’t want to spoil the story but without that flaw I would have rated
it higher. That part of the film is like a pebble in my shoe.
Of interest is that
even though the film is set in Brooklyn it was shot entirely in Los
Angeles except for some shots of the Staten Island Ferry. For example,
John’s Williamsburg loft is in downtown Los Angeles. One of the more
noticeable parts of the film is the wardrobe Doris wears, consisting of
50 changes throughout the film. To say that what she wears is outré is
like damning with faint praise. Whatever you want to call it, what she
wears is a huge part of the film.
If this film had come
out near the end of the year, I think that Field would be up for another
Oscar®. What she conveys in her eyes and facial expressions is what
makes the film a grabber. I think you'll "really like her!"