Release year: 1993
Director: Chris Columbus
Screenwriter: Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon, Anne Fine (novel)
Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson, Harvey Fierstein
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Best Makeup. 2 Golden Globes: Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Robin Williams), Best Picture Comedy/Musical.
Following a divorce, actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) disguises himself as an old nanny to spend more time with his children.
Many born in the 1980s will remember Mrs. Doubtfire fondly as one of the movies they grew up with – and one of their first introductions to the talented Robin Williams. Luckily Mrs. Doubtfire has stood the test of time and remains a sweet and funny family comedy. Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society, 1989) plays the childish but beloved father who has finally used up his wife’s patience. She demands a divorce and faced with the prospect of only seeing his children once a week he invents Mrs. Doubtfire, the perfect nanny. This may sound a bit creepy, but Williams is so convincing that you sometimes forget it’s him behind the Oscar winning makeup. The movie is Chris Columbus through and through, which means sugar sweet and not to everyone’s taste. However, Mrs. Doubtfire’s sarcasm and shameless attempts to discredit his ex-wife’s new boyfriend (an annoyingly likeable Pierce Brosnan) makes this as much a comedy for adults as children. Mrs. Doubtfire stands and falls with Williams and this is one of his better film.
Robin Williams improvised many of the scenes in the movie, in fact he improvised so much that according to director Chris Columbus there were various cuts of the film ranging from a PG to an R rating. However, the film was always meant to be a PG-13 film.
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