For 68-year-old Sally Field, she’s at an age right now where she only does films that she’s passionate about. Funny enough, that’s something her new character, Doris, would support. The first Hello, My Name Is Doris trailer has debuted online, previewing what the actress describes as “if the daughter from Grey Gardens started to date.”
The film from director Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) made a couple pitstops through the film festival circuit, but now movie fans can get a taste of the quirk coming our way. Yahoo Movies debuted the trailer and an interview they conducted with Field. As she explains, Doris is experiencing a “late adolescence” in her old age. After her mother passes away, she starts dating and stepping outside of her comfort zone, which creates that comedic tension between people of a certain age and the Millennial tech-obsessed generation.
Watch the trailer below:
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain age finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love in Hello, My Name is Doris, a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story.
When Doris Miller (Sally Field) meets John Fremont (Max Greenfield), her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly—at least for Doris. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. 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 (Tyne Daly).
When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends with her eclectic vintage wardrobe, quirky naiveté and unironic enthusiasm for their rooftop knitting circle. 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.
There’ve been lots of films that have tackled this later life awakening and capitalized on the shenanigans that can ensue. What helps set Doris apart from the rest seems to be her eclectic and vibrant wardrobe. If you’ve ever come across the Instagram account for Baddie Winkle, then you’ll understand the vibe Field’s character is channeling in this film.
She told Yahoo of her interest in the role:
It’s the same thing as Steven [Spielberg]’s piece. It really was about the character. This is equally as unique as Mary Todd [Lincoln] in her own way. Right now when you get something in your mid-to-late 60s it’s usually pretty predictable as to what it will be — and this was not. It was really a whole different story about a human being. And it’s really funny.
Field is joined by Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kyle Mooney, Natasha Lyonne, and Tyne Daly. Hello, My Name is Doris hits theaters on March 11, 2016.