Cert: PG Runtime: 125 mins Director:Chris Colombus Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Mara Wilson and Pierce Brosnan
Isn’t this posh? I’ll bet it’s very exclusive, probably need a credit reference just to get in the pool
One of my favorite films as a kid was Mrs.Doubtfire, Robin Williams was a real favorite of mine as a child but this film really is the best comedy he ever made.Daniel Hillard, (Robin Williams) a gifted voiceover actor who has a unique fondness for his three children, but is unable to hold down a steady job. When his wife Miranda (Sally Field) asks him for a divorce, Daniel is left in an unfortunate situation. Miranda gets sole custody of the children, and Daniel is able to see them every weekend, but he is not satisfied. He therefore asks his brother (Harvey Fierstein), a expert makeup artist, to turn him into a woman. Enter Mrs. Doubtfire, a 60-year old Brit who quickly becomes a housekeeper for the family. Daniel is able to return to his kids’ lives full-time, in some form or another.
I’d just like to point out before I say anything about “Mrs. Doubtfire” that it does not even come close to surpassing “Tootsie” as the best comedy using this “man-in-drag” routine. At the same time, it definitely picked up its concept from the Dustin Hoffman classic, but I sincerely believe it does not attempt to pattern itself on that previous film either. This new entry with a man in a dress has its own story, its own heart tenderly in place, and has a lot of fun in the process. Even though it may not be brilliant like “Tootsie,” “Doubtfire” has wonderfully comic moments wrapped up into a heartwarming tale.This premise may seem a bit contrived, and may get you wondering how he could fool his ex-wife and kids into the whole scheme. The costuming and makeup looks good on Williams, but is it good enough? This is where Williams adds those comic touches and sugary substance to make Mrs. Doubtfire seem genuine. I truly liked both characters Robin plays, even though I didn’t get a total sensation that the two were totally different entities. The film makers ask you to go along with it without too much argument, and as a matter of fact, I did.
The movie’s real triumph, I believe, is in its realism of divorce and its effect on parents and especially their children. Some may think the film’s second act as ludicrous, when Robin Williams tries to chase off Field’s new boyfriend, Pierce Brosnan. I don’t think it was as much his jealousy over his wife that came into play, but rather being unable to accept another man entering into what was his place in their family structure. Here, you see a quiet nobility in his character, not that we totally dislike Brosnan or consider him a villain, but that we assimilate with Robin’s cause. This gives the excessive slapstick and tomfoolery a deeper edge.I think film critics should have a heart when it comes to “Mrs. Doubtfire.” It does have a certain magic to it that is so hard to find in movies nowadays. I was moved by it, I laughed quite a bit, and overall had a good time. When it comes to entertainment, nothing else really matters.7.2/10