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After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, Doris, played by Sally Field, fi nds 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.

FILM REVIEW Hello, My Name is Doris


In the fi rst edition of The Social Media Gospel, author Meredith Gould off ered the basics to take the fear away from tackling social media, especially in ministry settings. Rather than replacing face-to-face connections, we learn the best ways to use online communication and social media to enhance our ministry. In her second edition, Gould adds even more detailed guidance for our individual needs based on questions and feedback she received from the fi rst publication. Both editions are gems for those wishing to properly navigate the ever-changing waters of social media (Liturgical Press,

Elizabeth Caywood Caywood is director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod resource center and coordinator of ELCA resource centers. She is a regular contributor to this page.

Doris Miller is a 60-something woman who, feeling lonely after the death of her mother, fi nds herself attracted to a co-worker who is in his 30s. With the advice of a friend’s granddaughter, Doris researches his interests via Facebook and goes to a concert by his favorite band.

Director Michael Showalter manages to successfully solve the problem that plagues so many movies about social “losers.” How can such characters be portrayed without making fun of them or making them impossible to empathize with? Sally Field as Doris delivers a convincing performance, making her quirky, endearing and totally understandable.

We salute this aff ecting fi lm for its thought- provoking insights into two vulnerabilities common among older people. First, there is the challenge of falling in love, which is rarely what we imagine it to be at any age. Second is chronic loneliness, a problem for more than 40 million people in the U.S., according to AARP. Many struggle with anxiety and depression while others lack the self-esteem and courage to seek out relationships. We need more movies like this one to shine a light on loneliness and open our hearts and minds to those who are aff ected by it (Roadside Attractions, R—language).

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat The Brussats publish the website See for their book reviews.


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