Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: November 24, 1993 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Mrs. Doubtfire is touching, heart warming, sensitive and very, very funny. It is a gentle film about a family and its problems. Robin Williams is remarkable in both roles, Mrs. Doubtfire and Daniel Hillard, the irresponsible husband of Miranda (Sally Field).
A great deal of territory is covered and that may be the only possible criticism but when it appears Director Chris Columbus is headed toward a silly scene of Williams changing from on character to the other, he moves to a critical climactic scene which forces everyone to decide how the family will function in the future. The ending is not perfect but it is realistic.
The film begins with a cartoon of an Italian parakeet singing from an opera. The voice is Daniel Hillard. Within a few minutes Hillard quits his job. Shortly after, he sets in motion a birthday party for his son in which kids jump up and down on expensive furniture and animals wander through the house. When his wife Miranda arrives home, she decides they can no longer remain married. At the divorce hearing the judge orders Hillard to see his only one day a week. He becomes Mrs. Doubtfire when he discovers his wife is seeking the help of a housekeeper.
It is the interplay and brilliance of Williams that make a superb film that can be enjoyed by everyone. Put it on you list of must see.