In real life this actor's scam as a old woman would have been reported to the police and he would never have seen his kids again. The movie doesn't break new ground and is another one of those "fun films" where a man play a woman, but at least Robin Williams do look like an old maid with the make-up on him. Predictable film.
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.