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Hello, My Name Is Doris, is a sharp dramedy focusing on the romantic stirrings of a lonely office worker, played by Sally Field.

Although the likes of Blythe Danner and Lily Tomlin have recently headlined films, it's rare to find a woman over the age of 50 (or, really, 35) top-lining her own movie – and even more unlikely for that film to centre on said woman's sexual desires. Yet against all odds, here is Hello, My Name Is Doris, a sharp dramedy focusing on the romantic stirrings of a lonely office worker, played with considerable wit and verve by the 69-year-old Sally Field. While director Michael Showalter is best known for his work on the absurdist comedies Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together, he shows a deft hand here, gently guiding Field's singleton through the minefield that is modern romance. Field, meanwhile, has rarely been better – though perhaps that's simply because it's been so long since the Oscar winner has been given the chance to play anything but grandmothers and overprotective aunts. (14A) Barry Hertz