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Dude looks like a Lady,
This review is from: Mrs. Doubtfire [DVD]  (DVD)
Larger than life jobbing actor Daniel Hillard's (Williams) strained relations with his wife Miranda (Field), finally hits rock bottom when she asks for a divorce. Losing custody in the ensuing court hearing, Daniel can't bare being apart from his children, so when his wife advertises for a nanny, he uses his acting abilities & his brothers film makeup/prosthetics artist skills, to disguise him as a 60 year old woman & become the nanny himself. Comedy & mayhem ensure.
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 (Forrest Gump) is great as the straight gal to Williams eccentricities , offering up some comedy of a different nature while maintaining a likable personality inkeeping with the positive vibe of the movie. A pre-James Bond, Pierce Brosnan is a good sport as the charming, successful high school friend of Miranda, moving in to replace Daniel. The child stars are wholesome & give credible performances, Lisa Jakub (Independence Day), Matthew Lawrence (The Hot Chick) & Mara Wilson (Matilda). Also co-stars Harvey Fierstein (Our House) , Polly Holliday (The Parent Trap) & Robert Prosky (Last Action Hero).
In conclusion, Mrs Doubtfire is a fun family comedy that at the same time tactfully handles the serious subject matter of divorce. Contains mild language & mature themes. Highly recommended.