Mrs. Doubtfire

Released 1993                              Rated: PG-13

Mrs. Doubtfire is a classic. Much like Tootsie, this film has an actor trans-dressing for a part, but it’s a whole new ball game.

Daniel, Robin Williams, is a constantly between-jobs voice-actor going through a divorce. When he doesn’t like the new arrangements of only seeing his kids once a week he takes matters into his own hands, and Mrs. Doubtfire is born. All seems to be going swimmingly until… well, it gets complicated. 🙂

I love this movie. I feel Robin Williams had more leeway as an actor than he would if he were playing a specific person, like say a sales clerk. He finds himself in many situations that are both awkward and hilarious and he just rolls with the punches. The dialogue in this movie is great, providing many one-liners from the lovable housekeeper as she sweeps up this family like a force of nature. From being protective of his wife, to keeping up with the chores and learning how to play nice with the stove, Daniel certainly has his hands full.

Mrs. Doubtfire will win over your heart. Williams is a joy, and I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off quite like him. It’s not a roll for movie, it’s a way to see his kids everyday and you really feel that in his character. This movie is not just shenanigans and dialogue that make up great comedy, there’s heart behind it, and that’s what makes it a classic.

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