Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Still incredibly memorable.

This film was selected from ‘The 250’

Yes, Robin Williams, we get it. You do voices. Even today, you are widely known for your uncontrollable energy, sense of humor, and infinite capacity to do really good character voices. Robin Williams is clearly an icon in comedy, even if his style is getting a little old for modern stuff. His fame was unstoppable in the ‘90s though. As far as movies go, there were a lot of films that he made his own in that era. Most of which I hope to get around to reviewing someday, because they are incredible for different reasons. One of the movies he is known for is Mrs. Doubtfire, a movie they recently confirmed a sequel for. Well, I thought it appropriate to go back and review the darn thing already.

Mrs. Doubtfire centers on the life of Danny Hillard, a struggling actor that sets his personal standards over his long-term career goals, making him look like a man that doesn’t exactly take life seriously – hopping job to job. His wife, Miranda, sees this as a personality flaw that is dragging her and their kids down, so she decides to get a divorce. The thing is, Danny isnt used to not seeing his kids every single day, so when Miranda searches for a nanny, Danny dresses up as an elderly English woman with strict guidelines by the name of Mrs. Doubtfire. However, in order to see his kids legally, he is supposed to get a real job and a place of substantial stability…this stunt may harm his chances.

This is such a classic film, and it has some of the best moral messages around. My only concern was the set-up. I felt a little cheated on getting from A-B. It was like they just wanted to get to the point and have Robin Williams play this woman, but getting there…it has flaws. I like how they set Danny up with moral standards that are important enough to leave a job over, but I wasn’t so thrilled with the reasoning behind Miranda asking for the divorce. Robin Williams goes all out with a birthday party and messes the house up. Okay, not cool, but he has a big heart. It definitely wasn’t grounds for divorce. The movie primarily focuses so much on Robin William’s character and who that is, that they kind of just…ignore Miranda’s.

The character of Mrs. Doubtfire is hilarious. Not only because it is Robin Williams in old-lady makeup, but because of the things they make him do. The scenes where they have him quick changing back and forth are completely unexpected to new viewers, and it’s just…it’s hilarious. It has an overall classic feeling, and you will welcome it, no question. The reason why he’s doing this…made more sense in the ‘90s than it does now. Nowadays, it’s…creepy. It is the equivalent to Facebook stalking your ex-girlfriend/wife. It’s lying by omission, spying, evesdropping, manipulating…what he’s doing…is really wrong. I do get that it’s all about the kids, don’t get me wrong. That message is clear as day – whenever you have Robin Williams acting his heart out – you feel it as if you’re a part of it. My only complaint is…in today’s world, he could be put in prison for this type of thing.

The make-up, by the way, is still some of the best make-up we’ve encountered…ever. You see the old-guy makeup Guy Pierce is wearing in Prometheus, and then you see this, and somehow Mrs. Doubtfire looks 100x more real. Regardless of the fact that this movie…is 21 years old. You ask me, and I’ll tell you that’s impressive.

Now, we have heard that a sequel is coming out for the movie. It’s confirmed, now after re-watching this, I can’t understand why. Every possible reason why he’s wearing that outfit – is explained and revealed by the end. There would be no reason for him to go back to it for a sequel. I’m sure he can pull it off, but I’m not entirely sure how they’re going to make sense of it.

The Good:

Mrs. Doubtfire continues to be one of the most classic Robin Williams movies in film history, teaching valuable lessons about the importance of family and love while doing a phenomenal job making audiences everywhere laugh.

The Bad:

The set-up wasn’t the best, seeming rushed. Also, the whole idea of the movie seems disturbingly close to Facebook stalking an ex-relationship – lying through emission, spying, evesdropping, and manipulation included. It had good intentions, but when you really think about it, what he did was so messed up.

Memorable Quote:

Mrs. Doubtfire: My first day as a woman and I’m getting hot flashes.

5 thoughts on “Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

  1. “Robin Williams goes all out with a birthday party and messes the house up. Okay, not cool, but he has a big heart. It definitely wasn’t grounds for divorce.”

    That’s not the reason for the divorce, it was just the tip of the iceberg. She explains throughout the movie (as well as even more in the deleted scenes) all of the reasons. And the movie focuses more on her than you give it credit for too.


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