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After Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), an unemployed actor, loses custody of his three children to his ex-wife (Sally Field), he realizes that seeing his kids once a week just isn’t enough. So the crafty thespian dresses as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” an elderly British nanny with a sharp tongue and an endearing way with children, in order to be close to his kids in this bright, heartwarming comedy.
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Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
Although overly sappy in places and probably 20 minutes too long, this Robin Williams-in-drag vehi...
June 21, 2017
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You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as funny as Mrs. Doubtfire is, it's really about the pain of separation and divorce. Serious issues such as the perception that Daniel is a bad father because he doesn't make a lot of money, and the implied criticism of careerist mother, Miranda, are buried under a lot of padding and jokes. Kids whose families are going through divorce might find this painful in spots (particularly the separations as seen from the parental perspective). Kids who fear separation should not see this until they feel safe and secure. But some kids may find the movie helpful because it lessens feelings of being alone or unique. Expect strong language (including "s--t" and one "f--k") and some drinking.
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- Genre:Family, Comedy
- Release Date:November 24, 1993
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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