Mrs Doubtfire

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Mrs Doubtfire
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It's built like a Volvo, wears floral print dresses and affects a faint Scots burr: Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire - or, more accurately, divorced father-of-three Daniel as Mrs Doubtfire - is the sort of prosthetic-aesthetic nightmare you'd expect to encounter wielding a kitchen knife in a slasher movie. Not that this stops Daniel's ex-wife Sally Field from placing their winsome ones in his/her charge. Indeed, Mrs D soon begins to look like the perfect nanny, a hairy Poppins even the kids take a shine to. Williams has always been uncommonly in touch with his 'feminine', caring, nurturing side, so Daniel's all dressed up with no place to go. Instead, he/she has to learn some tried and trite lessons about parental responsibility and emotional maturity. Sit-com stuff, then, with laboured farcical interludes, and a mushy post-feminist sensibility. Funny notwithstanding.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Chris Columbus
Screenwriter: Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon
Cast: Robin Williams
Sally Field
Pierce Brosnan
Harvey Fierstein
Polly Holliday
Robert Prosky
Lisa Jakub
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Inside right now, I'm just a little excited to be the first one to write up a review about Mrs Doubtfire. This absolute classic has stood the test of time. It was a firm favourite back in the 90s, and it still is now. Nothing better than settling down to a Boxing Day viewing of this rapturous comedy. Robin Williams shines as a Dad who loses custody of his children. In a bid to see them he cross-dresses as a nanny and causes havoc as well as charming the hearts of his own children and his ex wife. It's a beautiful, straightforward story and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments too.