She's immediately smitten with him. She tells her widowed and bossy best friend, delightfully played by Tyne Daly, and her friend's granddaughter. The granddaughter helps Doris concoct a fake and young personality to post on Facebook in order to friend and follow John Fremont, the kissable new boss.
John truly does like Doris. She manipulates an out-of-work encounter with him by dressing up and attending a rock band's club date in a hipster-drenched section of Brooklyn. John sees her there. Doris is so unique and unusual that she's immediately embraced by audience members and the band. And these audience members are total hipsters. As one says, "I teach in a gay pre-school..." From then on, Doris and John become pals. However, in her sweetly delusional mind, he's got a serious crush on her but doesn't know how to express it.
In the elevator, in the office, in a club, John Fremont sees Doris Miller. And she eventually comes to see herself in a different way.
Like a lot of baby boomers, I grew up watching Sally Field. Like Tom Hanks (her Forrest Gump co-star), she's an actor we first met starring on an ABC sitcom who went on to win two Oscars for dramatic performances. She was a perky and adorable Gidget and then, also on ABC, The Flying Nun. She also did dramatic acting in ABC made-for-TV movies. Her astounding breakthrough came when she unexpectedly hooked the highly-coveted 1976 role of Sybil, the story of a young woman desperately seeking psychiatric help to get to the cause of her multiple personalities disorder. Doris Miller at times looks like she would've been one of Sybil's personalities. Field's dynamic, memorable and heartbreaking performance in that NBC mini-series made Hollywood take her seriously after treating the young actress like fluff in the talent department. Then came the drama, Norma Rae. The rest is movie history. In 2006, Sally Field returned to ABC as the outspoken, understanding mother on the Brothers & Sisters series.
What a treat to see Sally Field do comedy again. She's so good at it. As for Max Greenfield, they are mighty fine chemistry together in Hello, My Name Is Doris. I hope there's a project that can re-team these two actors.