In Hello, My Name is Doris, Sally Field plays a single New Yorker who falls in love with a handsome co-worker. The twist, if you want to call it one, is that Doris is in her 60s and cool-guy John is Max Greenfield, who is half her age. But there’s something pure and innocent about Doris’s crush — even if it borders on obsession — and with the help of her friend’s Internet-savvy teenaged granddaughter, she puts herself out there in the hopes of romance with the young Williamsburg hipster.
Key to her plans is Baby Goya and the Nuclear Winters, a “silly, unbelievably prog-rock, pseudo-intellectual, self-serious” band fronted by Jack Antonoff. They happen to be John’s favorite group, so Doris crashes a concert as part of her romantic pursuit. She doesn’t immediately blend in with the band’s more-youthful following, but as Baby Goya himself realizes, there’s something special about Doris.
Antonoff wrote “Dance Rascal Dance” specifically for his character to perform in the film, and the exclusive clip from director Michael Showalter’s film not only showcases Doris’ indomitable spirit and how she gradually fits in with a youth culture that values not fitting in — but the song actually rocks. It makes you love Doris. It makes you love Antonoff Baby Goya. It makes you not necessarily loathe young Brooklynites.
Hello, My Name is Doris is already playing in select theaters. It expands wider today.