When Daniel Hillard learns his ex-wife needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little makeup, and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British housekeeper who is hired on the spot, creating a whole new life with his entire family.
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Almost twenty-five years later, "Mrs. Doubtfire" deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with "Jurassic Park" as one of the best Hollywood films of 1993 and, truly, the decade. It's a film as funny as it is sad - and it is tremendously sad, to both watch the disintegration of this once happy marriage unfold onscreen and, now, to be reminded of just how much cinema lost when Robin Williams left us before his time.
I haven't watched this movie much over the years since I watched it as a kid. After watching a few nights ago, I reminded myself how well-written it is as a comedy and as a family film. The messages in it are so strong and heartfelt and the characters are so believable and human that they don't fall into cliched archetypes. There was something sympathetic about them that made it more than just an outrageous comedy.
On the surface, it just looks like Kramer vs. Kramer and Tootsie rolled into one. Well, that's what it is below the surface, too. But two of Dustin Hoffman's best films with Robin Williams instead is still a pretty good thing.
"Did you ever wish you could sometimes freeze frame a moment in your day, look at it and say 'this is not my life'?" It's an absurd movie, sure, but it's funny in a natural sense, and gives us a few life lessons. I'd rate it 4 stars but it gets five because I can watch it over and over again and still laugh. And still feel something when I hear that quote and how true it still is. Also, I'm a nostalgic person.