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213 of 228 people found the following review helpful.
Way to go, Doris!
By L. Miller
Reviews are all over the place on this one, thought I'd chime in. Doris is frozen in a time capsule of her mother's making at home, a mere convenience to her family. She is invisible at work, with just one loyal friend. Her style of dress and hair seem to be her only attempt to express herself anymore. Now mom's gone, and Doris' shell is finally cracking open. One moment in an elevator is enough to wake her up to romantic feelings she has long since suppressed. Those of us who are older still feel young inside, but Doris never even experienced those stages in between. So she has a lot of catching up to do, and she awkwardly and adorably tries to find her way. Funny, poignant, and individual, I'll be shocked if Sally Field doesn't receive at least a Golden Globe nomination for this. For those who found it "creepy" that she should be attracted to a younger man, I have to laugh. We see much older men fantasize about, pursue and date younger women all the time! And I hate to break it to you, but older women are still women, not just the grandmotherly roles they often play. Besides, this is really a story of a woman's journey back to herself, the romantic angle is just a part of the journey. Yes, her positive changes were a little too quick to be real (there's no easy fix for hoarding), but I am delighted that Sally took on this role with her usual gusto and presented us with an original character I won't soon forget.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
Sweet, Sad, Funny, Brave, Hopeful...
By L. T. Ellis
Sweet, sad, funny, hopeful, uncomfortable, vulnerable film. I felt all of these emotions watching this lovely film. Doris is a woman who has sacrificed many of her own desires for her life to take care of her mother. When her mother dies she goes through a huge change in her life and finds herself so by the end she's taken some chances and grown. She is really very brave to step out of her safe spaces and try for something more.
A tribute to the acting performances is that I did feel all of them. None of the characters were cynically written so you felt that Doris was being mocked or made the butt of a bad joke. John's character was vulnerable and funny and a truly nice guy without being an over the top hero or treating Doris with pity.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful. See all 2023 customer reviews...
This was a refreshing film that was quite surprising. An Indie film that attracted Sally Field to the title role, which, of course, she carries off with aplomb. Field plays Doris, a single woman in her sixties who has taken care of her mother all of her life. Doris also has a job, she takes the ferry into New. York City everyday, picking up junk, or what we conceive as junk, as she walks the streets to work.
Doris is a hoarder, as was her mother. Every space in their home is filled with stuff. Her brother took advantage of her and went off to live his life, leaving her with her mother. Now, Doris realizes it is her turn. She attends a seminar on finding your true self with her best friend, played by Tyne Daly. And Doris is off as she finds her man. Doris is finding her life, sometimes in the wrong places, but she is moving along.
Sally Field is superb in this film, and she is the film, actually. I am not sure what could have been added other than a better storyline to push this film into the mainstream. It got lost along the way. It is a film of an awakening, and Sally Field woke us. This film has true moments of life that we all recognize, and Sally Field is our treasure.
Recommended. prisrob 04-12-17