Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Review

Verdict: Funny

A fun and comedic film.


Cross-dressing has been and always will make for a hilarious scene/film. Something about dramatic irony that we just can’t seem to get enough of. Robin Williams plays Daniel Hillard and things go wrong when his wife, Miranda (Sally Field) asks for a divorce and then gets custody of the children while Daniel gets a visit every Saturday. But Daniel cannot stand being away from his children and devises a way to be with them everyday: by dressing up and being their nanny. He fools everyone until his mask quite literally falls off.

As with every cross-dressing character, the audience is captivated in scenes where their identity might be revealed and roots for them not to get figured out. Some scenes were a bit slow moving and repetitive. For example the scene where he tried to get Mrs. Sellner (Anne Haney) to get him custody of his kids and he was being all funny with different voices- there was too much repetition there.

Also really props to Williams for keeping up his Mrs. Doubtfire voice, though I would have liked more scenes with her taking care of the kids, Lydia (Lisa Jakub), Chris (Matthew Lawrence) and Natalie (Mara Wilson).  Pierce Brosnan is also in this and he plays dashing Stu Denmeyer, to sweep Miranda off her feet.

And though it was an enjoyable film, there were quite a lot of scenes that made me think, ‘Why didn’t he/she just do that or say that’ etc. But maybe that’s just me.

I give this a 7/10.

Have you watched Mrs. Doubtfire? Rate it out of 5 stars above or leave a comment below!

P.S. I watched this on the plane and the quality wasn’t so good.


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