By Marjolein Smit
Sally Field is back, and how! The Oscar winner now plays Doris. A woman, still living in the house where she grew up. When we meet her, her mother has just passed away. Her brother and his wife are trying to get Doris to sell the huge house in Staten Island so the money can be divided between them. But Doris wants nothing to do with it. She likes everything the way it has always been. Even if that means taking a ferry and a bus every day to her job in the city. She wears clothes that went out of fashion years ago. She saves things that have been thrown out on the street, because they are perfectly fine and can be of good use to someone, in her opinion. Everybody besides her knows that Doris really is a hoarder. At work she sits in a cubicle entering data in a computer like she has been doing since forever. She is so stuck in routine, so invisible that most people at work have no idea who she is.
Everything changes when a young man speaks a few words to her in the elevator at work. She falls head over heels in love with him, even though he is more than half her age. The man is soon reintroduced to her as her new art director. The slightly bruised John Freemont (Max Greenfield), who has just been dumped, is starting over. Working at a new firm, in a new city. Doris tries to get his attention but gets nowhere. At a self-help seminar she asks the guru how to get something you want. He tells her impossible can also be read as I’m possible and that’s all she needed to hear. Doris befriends John on Facebook under a false name, with the help of her best friend Roz’s granddaughter. She wants to find a way to get his attention. And it works. John is intrigued to see Doris eating his favorite snack with a CD of his favorite band on her desk. When John spots Doris at a concert of this band their connection starts to solidify.
As the movie progresses we learn through a fight Doris has with her brother that she has been stuck at home, taking care of their sick mother for years and years. While the brother got to life his live. Suddenly you understand that she has missed out on life. Has been stuck in time. Her awkwardness becomes understandable because you realize that she a bit like a sixty something starting to live for the first time. In many ways she is like an awkward teenager trying to fit in with a new group of people. She has to hit and miss, to figure out what works for her.
Sally Field turns a sad, outdated woman, in to someone you can’t resist. As time passes you start to forget about Doris’s weird clothes, crazy quirks, inappropriate remarks, her blindness to conventional unwritten rules of society and before you know it you are rooting for her. Impossible as her dream may be. It is a definitely go see from me!