For me, this was the funniest movie I ever saw. Not normally a huge fan
of comedy, I was just about rolling in the theatre aisles during this
gem. Robin Williams is brilliant in his 'dual role' as the rejected
husband, Daniel, and the buxom British nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire.
This movie tells the story of a bitter separation, when Miranda insists
on a divorce from her immature, goofy husband. Daniel, denied custody
and given only limited visitation, concocts a female nanny character
for himself in order to gain daily access to his three children. The
kids grow to love and depend on their unusual but very concerned and
efficient new nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, who really gets the household
running extremely smoothly. Of course meanwhile Miranda has a new love
interest named Stu.
Williams' portrayal of Mrs. Doubtfire is hilarious in every way, shape,
and form. The wig, stockings, dress, make up...it's all too amusing,
watching Daniel transform for the part. Wait till you see Mrs.
Doubtfire cooking! The most insanely funny scene is at a restaurant
where Daniel / Mrs. Doubtfire must quickly be in two places at the same
time, so he / she is forced to alternate between personae at lightning
speed, sometimes forgetting which one he / she is at any given moment.
I won't give away the plot, but I nigh expired from laughing.
Sally Field charmingly plays Daniel's now separated wife, Miranda, and
Pierce Brosnan is suitably unsympathetic as her new love interest, Stu.
We cheer for Daniel through his assorted antics as he tries to shoo
away this romantic competitor for his ex wife's affections and
especially, this new male threatening to usurp his role as father to
Desite being a comedy, this film does on the serious side reveal the
devastating effects of divorce on children's lives and also
particularly on the noncustodial parent. Daniel is distraught as he
misses seeing his kids every day. Furthermore, the entrance of a new
love interest naturally adds to the general strife.
Where did Mrs. Doubtfire get her unusual name? Does she live on or
fizzle out at movie's end? Will Daniel and Miranda get back together,
or will Stu prevail? I won't divulge any spoilers, but I guarantee
you'll fall in love with this lovable large nanny and wish you could
have her babysit your own kids. Mrs. Doubtfire will certainly live on
in your heart.