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Mrs. Doubtfire [DVD] 
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Robin Williams stars as difficult actor and husband, Daniel Hillard, who separates acrimoniously from his wife (Sally Field) and receives a court order limiting his visits to his children. As a result he dresses up as a Scottish nanny and gets gainful employment with his ex-wife looking after his own kids! Directed by Chris Columbus ('Home Alone').
This huge 1993 hit for Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus (Home Alone), based on a novel called Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine, stars Williams as a loving but flaky father estranged from his frustrated wife (Sally Field). Devastated by a court order limiting his time with the children, Williams's character disguises himself as a warm, old British nanny who becomes the kids' best friend. As with Dustin Hoffman's performance in Tootsie, Williams's drag act--buried under layers of latex and padding--is the show, and everything and everyone else on screen serves his sometimes frantic role. Since that's the case, it's fortunate that Williams is Williams, and his performance is terribly funny at times and exceptionally believable in those scenes where his character misses his children. Playing Williams's brother, a professional makeup artist, Harvey Fierstein has a good support role in a bright sequence where he tries a number of feminine looks on Williams before settling on Mrs Doubtfire's visage. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Daniel, who doesn't want a divorce, finds out that Miranda is going to get a housekeeper because she won't let Daniel help look after the children. Daniel manages to alter her ad and then rings her, using his acting skill to pose as a series of terrible applicants. When she is desperate, he rings again, pretending to be a charming, elderly Scottish nanny, Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire. Miranda invites Mrs. Doubtfire for an interview and Daniel gets his brother Frank, a makeup artist, to transform him into Mrs. Doubtfire. He gets the job.
The film is funny and touching and the ending is bitter-sweet. I have shown this film to children many times, without getting tired of it. Robin Williams gives a virtuoso performance, though it may be that it was the pressure of constantly having to be fresh, funny and lovable that drove him into his alleged problems with alcohol and drugs - the down side of fame. He is a marvellous performer and this is a highly entertaining film.
Robin Williams plays Daniel Hillard, a struggling out of work actor who when faced with divorce from Miranda (Field) and separation from his three children, disguises himself as an old female housekeeper in order to see them daily.
Centrally as a film it is what it is, a chance for Williams (excellent) to dress up in drag and act the goof, but boy does he do it well. In the mix is the serious aspects involving the pain of imminent divorce and separation from one's children. The script is sharp and ready made for Williams' brand of cynical witticisms, while not painting Brosnan's Stuart Dunmire (the new man in Miranda's life) as an oily snake shows good sense in the writing. The child actors are engaging and never sickly, while Fierstein as Daniel's artistic eccentric brother is gloriously colourful.
A real family crowd pleaser that turned a profit of over $400 million at the worldwide box office, it's not a film that pushes boundaries of "drag" comedy, and you don't have to dig too far for flaws. But this is often very funny and it hits the right emotional beats for the topic at hand. 8/10
The structure of the film works very well, as it endears us to this boyish loving family man with virtuous principles, forced to the extreme measure of dressing as a women to see his own children. Growing more self sufficient as an individual but eventually making a rod for his own back with his Mrs Doutfire creation. Undergoing the transformation & keeping up the facade under pressure across a series of hilarious situations is the most fun. While becoming his own wife's confidant, leading to some awkward moments, funny & tender dialogue that shows Daniel & Miranda as loving parents who want the best for the children, to spend equal time with a mother & father figure. And while it is a wonderfully funny & laugh out loud comedy, it also does great justice to it's serious subject matter of divorce, if a bit sugary with it.
Robin Williams (Jumanji) gives a tour de force performance as the eccentric/hyper active Daniel & his calm/professional alter ego Mrs Doubtfire, showcasing his great comedy abilities & ad lib, as well as a genuine & heart tugging acting performance. Sally Field (...Read more ›
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If you haven't seen Robin Williams dressed as a middle-aged woman playing air-guitar with a broom you haven't lived!Published 12 hours ago by mr pr hostler
A great film with robin williams.It is a family movie and very funny.Published 12 days ago by louise
Had this on video, then on dvd, absolutely fabulous to watch. Since Robin Williams death, I cannot watch it. His death deeply saddened me, such a wonderful, clever funny man. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mrs. L. A. Percival
Another excellent performance by Robin Williams. Suitable for children aged over 7.Published 13 days ago by alemap