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Got to watch this with my kids for the first time since their dad and I split (5 years ago). I have since remarried and their dad lives with his girlfriend. I think this movie helps kids of divorce in the healing process, especially if their parents can keep it civil in front of them. It shows them how to keep a sense of humor about things. They both loved it (13 and 8 years old). Also, I really miss Robin Williams. He was a talent like no other.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2014
The Greatest Performance EVER
I am now 88 years old. My parents could not afford a "babysitter during the 1930 depression, so they sent me to the local movie houses, (which at that time was less than 25cents admission) for children under the age of 10. (The movie theaters then opened as early as 9AM and I usually went home about 3PM.)
I was mesmerized by what I saw on the screen and I actually learned a lot from some of the life stories that I saw on the screen in those early days. At the age of 10 I also had my "favorite actor," who was Paul Muni.
Starting at that early age, I saw most of the greatest actors and also learned a great deal of "History" from what I saw on the screen. You can't say that today.
Recently I bought the "Mrs. Doubtfire". DVD and I have never seen a more mind-blowing GREATER actor as the late ROBIN WILLIAMS performance in "Mrs. Doubfire.
I have recently bought multiple (DVD) copies (from Amazon) of the extraordinary Robin Williams's performance in Mrs. Doubfire for lifetime gifts for as long as my remaining days.
This movie had me laughing so hard I actually got a headache! Robin Williams is beyond funny in it, he'll have you rolling on the floor laughing. Sally Field is brilliant in it, along with Mara Wilson and the other actors.
It's a great blend of slapstick, comedy, heartfelt moments, touching scenes, and just downright hilarious lines that today are still classics. If this movie doesn't make you laugh, then you have no sense of humor. Period. That is how funny it is.
Also, the Behind the Seams Edition has TONS of deleted, extended and alternate scenes, along with hilarious outtakes! A couple deleted scenes are hilarious moments where Mrs Doubtfire gets back at the nosy neighbor next door by ruining her garden.
Another hilarious deleted scene includes her messing up the washer, flooding the floor, while on the phone with Sally Field. There's also a deleted scene of the fight between the two at home after the restaurant scene when Sally Field finds out Doubtfire is really Robin.
As I stated, if this movie doesn't make you laugh, you got NO sense of humor whatsoever. It is a brilliant film, one of the late Robin William's BEST.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
Watching this movie as an adult compared to when I was growing up was an interesting experience. I still love this movie. Yes, it is dated—BUT.. In that, it provides as a significant reflection on progress and forward movement. It may not seem like it at times, but we, as a society, have come a long way. Certain moments/lines are not those we’d consider “PC”, or politically correct, in this day and age. That’s a given in most classic movies, at least in my personal experience. Yet, with this...there are so many moments that are absolutely timeless; seeds of grounded and raw wisdom, all of it rooted from the motive of genuine love. Above all, the silliness of this movie and the absurd concept itself is one rooted in good intention. It is a classic. I find myself laughing most at Williams’ energetic playful nature and fondly concluding that love makes many (if not most of us, at one point or another..) do some questionable, occasionally borderline-unstable things. A movie with heart, moments that cut, showing the truly bruised and raw nature of an adult relationship that’s fallen out of balance. At whichever age you watch this movie for the first time, or the 109th time... you will grasp the depth to be found within the framework of silliness as it aligns with your current personal lens and capacity to do so. As for the Non-PC lines and bits included—they can provide as excellent teachable moments for your kids.
4.0 out of 5 starsOoooh you wicked, wicked monkey!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2013
Mrs. Doubtfire is directed by Chris Columbus and adapted to screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon from the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire written by Anne Fine. It stars Robin Williams, Sally Field, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, Mara Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein. Music is by Howard Shore and cinematography by Donald McAlpine.
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
This film is one of the funniest films I’ve watched for a long time. Robin Williams is a great actor, and takes the central role. I’ve never laughed so much watching a film as I did watching this. Its an all round family film, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good laugh.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2014
If ever there was a man who couldn't fool you that were a woman, the hairy, masculine Robin Williams is it. But he plays the title role brilliantly. His accent though they say it is British is of course Scottish and not from England as portrayed, is impeccable. This is a very funny film with lots of laugh out loud moments especially when his false face gets run over by a truck and when he gets muddled up and sits at the wrong table in the restaurant. Also very sad that he has to resort to such measures to just get to see his kids. the kids are all great actors. If you want a good belly laugh see this film.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 10, 2012
Of course, kids whose families are going through divorce might find this painful in some parts. But some kids may find the movie helpful because it lessens feelings of being alone or unique. Parents need to know that as funny as this movie 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 and voice impersonations. This movie is so different from other movies regarding divorce in the manner in which it deals with real human problems. Though it provides a basis for a comedy, the issue of divorce and custody is treated seriously. Irresponsible Daniel grows from the experience of looking at the world from a woman's point of view. Recommend it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2015
Bought this to share with my children and they loved it. Some mild language in it, but nothing too strong. The story of a man's frustration at lack of access to his children during his divorce, and the lengths he goes to to rectify this. Some very comical and also very poignant moments during the film as well as a reminder that divorce is painful for all involved. A good Sunday afternoon film for the family to watch together snuggled up on the sofa.
3.0 out of 5 starsI hadn't remembered how bad some of the language is in this movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2017
I hadn't remembered how bad some of the language is in this movie! I don't think it would be rated a PG nowadays! It is a great film but I wish I had known about the language before I watched it with my kids as I would probably have chosen to wait until my son is a bit older.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2014
Aaaaaw Robin Wiliams (RIP) what more can you say about this classic, hilarious and amazing movie. It's become a favourite in our house and a "go to"movie on those days when there's not much on television and you need a laugh. No matter now many times I've seen it (I'm in my 40's ) I still laugh aloud al the time. They really didn't come much better than the fabulous and much missed Robin Williams. Supporting cast are all astounding too.
5.0 out of 5 starsI still laugh and cry at this film afer all these years.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2014
I watched this film when it first came out and loved to watch it on video with my children when they were young. It is a story of the great love that this father has for his children. He goes to extra lengths to be able to be with them when a Judge makes it difficult for him to see. All these years after seeing this film for the first time, I watched this DVD and still laughed and cried at Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire.