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Mrs Doubtfire

1993 Mrs Doubtfire
Directed byChris Columbus
Produced byMarsha Garces Williams, Robin WilliamsMark Radcliffe
Screenplay byRandi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon
Based onAlias Madame Doubtfire
by Anne Fine
StarringRobin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Robert Prosky
Music byHoward Shore
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited byRaja Gosnell
20th Century Fox, Blue Wolf Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dateNovember 24, 1993 (United States)
Running time120 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million
Box office$441.3 million

Mrs Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It was written for the screen by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, based on the 1987 novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne FineRobin Williams, who also served as a co-producer, stars with Sally FieldPierce BrosnanHarvey Fierstein, and Robert Prosky. It follows a recently divorced actor who dresses up as a female housekeeper to be able to interact with his children. The film addresses themes of divorce, separation, and the effect they have on a family.

The film was released in the United States on November 24, 1993. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

It grossed $441.3 million on a $25 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1993 worldwide. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was placed 67th in the American Film Institute‘s “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs” list and 40th on Bravo‘s “100 Funniest Movies of All Time”. The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.

IMDb’s One Star reviews from the last decade for Mrs Doubtfire

The worst Robin Williams movie ever!!

stephenchase-63504 9 February 2021

Warning: Spoilers

The worst cross-dressing actor of all-time? LOL, you’re right!!!!

0 out of 2 found this helpful.

Mrs Doubtfire is Ridiculous and unfunny

DavidYZ 20 April 2017

This sentimental nonsense isn’t realistic. Its attempts at humour are pathetically lame. The plot is preposterous – a divorced father pretends to be a woman in order to be employed as a housekeeper in the house of his ex-wife and their children. As if none of them would notice that it’s him!

4 out of 14 found this helpful.

With all respect to Mr. Williams and his talent, I hated this movie! – Mrs Doubtfire

RLS1153 12 September 2016

Other reviewers have delved into the troubling aspects of the movie such as the Robin Williams’ character’s dysfunctional behaviors and his seemingly sudden success in TV. Both are hard to swallow, but it’s a movie and movies don’t have to be realistic in every detail. There is one aspect of Mrs. Doubtfire, however, that I find deeply troubling as it demonstrates an inequity that often exists in our society and that should be recognized as detrimental rather than being immortalized in film.

We all recall how strict the judge was in curtailing Robin Williams’ contact with his children and yet, at the end of the movie when he reunites with them and the kids wonder if it’s legal, he tells them to ask their mother and she says she took care of it by talking to the judge. I wanted to throw something at the screen!! How and why could a judge’s ruling have been reversed merely because a woman had a conversation with him about her ex-husband’s visitation rights?? Neither parent should be in the position to wield that much sway or power with a simple wave of her (or his) hand over whether to grant, restrict, or deny the rights of their children’s other parent. (By the way, I’m a father who had custody of his two kids as they grew up and who went out of his way to ensure their mother’s ease of access and visitation.) I’ve seen too many kids and too many families damaged and victimized when one parent or the courts use access as a weapon or bargaining chip. It was happening in 1993 when this movie was made and it’s still happening today over 20 years later. It needs to stop!

10 out of 23 found this helpful.

My kids liked it… I thought it was kinda stupid… Mrs Doubtfire

dixiedoggg 28 September 2015

I really never saw the ‘enormous’ talent of Mr Williams… I remember watching him as Mork and just ended up turning the TV off and went outside to play baseball with my friends…I guess he strikes me as an ‘intellectual’ comedian when all I wanted was W.C.Fields slapstick… Mr Williams best work was ‘Good Will Hunting’, he was actually quite good in drama, in most of his comedy work he is portrayed as the person everyone (except the villain) just loves and cannot get enough of, ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ comes to mind, he was a disc jockey in a war and everyone LOVED him… Am I missing something here, his rants in that film are almost embarrassing…

OK, the guy is dead, but, Mrs. Doubtfire was awful IMO… He won’t take a paying voice-over role for some lame reason, most people would be happy to just work… He throws a party for his kid that is soooo over the top, animals walking around the house, dancing on the table etc, I almost felt like calling Sally Field and telling her to get home quick! When she told him to take a hike I cheered for her, he was obviously in need of therapy for that episode… Then he turns into a desperate stalker/cross dresser so he can be close to his kids, he should have thought about that before he turned down jobs and exposed his children to his manic and sorrowful behavior….

That is when I stopped watching this dreadful film and went outside to play baseball again… Like I mentioned in the summary, my kids liked it and laughed a lot, but then again they were young and laughed at almost anyone who acted stupid…

4 out of 18 found this helpful.

Mrs DoubtfireTruly awful

happycarrot68 14 September 2015

Beggars belief that anyone could think this piece of nonsense is the slightest bit amusing. Robin Williams is nothing more than annoying and not once in this so called comedy could he raise the slightest of smiles. Truly dreadful piece of garbage

Never been a fan of Robin Williams, his attempt to deliver zany humour is nothing more than cringeworthy and this his worst example. I actually felt sorry for his fellow cast members in this as he attempts to pull face after face and deliver corny attempts at humour in this thin, pointless piece of rubbish. For me this belongs on the shelf along with National Lampoon’s Men in White, Re-possessed and anything in the Scary Movie genre as the biggest load of trash ever put on film.

2 out of 16 found this helpful.

A horrible transphobic movie

Remington_7 4 June 2012

Warning: Spoilers

This is one of my all time HATED movies. I watched this when I was 7 and found it okay but now re-watching it, I find it is transphobic. When Mrs. Doubtfire urinates standing up and the boy sees, he immediately runs to his sister to say call the police. This is implying cross-dressing or being a transsexual is against the law. It isn’t! Implying that is discriminating amongst people that are transgendered.

Many parents probably will not see this but this movie is the exact opposite of what you want your children to see. It promotes prejudice against the transgender community. They will think it is okay to be transphobic in the future. Why? Because of this movie.

8 out of 39 found this helpful.

Bad acting and bad story – Mrs Doubtfire

dajsvega 25 December 2010

Robin Williams continues acting in awful movies. The story is far away from funny. His acting also.

The whole story is gruesomely, and can make bad influence on children, in my opinion.

Maybe it is funny for newborns because the faces Mrs. Doubtfire makes..But not amusing for grownups, and children at age 3+ !

The movie isn’t based on funny characters and funny situations, as it should be. On the contrary, the main idea of comedy that the movie presents, are distorted faces, and too “blown-up” situations.

It’s a classical example how a movie can insult humans intelligence.

5 out of 25 found this helpful.

1993 Mrs Doubtfire

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