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Mrs. Doubtfire

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy

Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is a struggling father who loses his job as a voice actor for cartoons. When he throws a disastrous surprise birthday party for his son, Chris, everything takes a turn for the worse.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that as funny as this movie is, it's really about the pain of separation and divorce. Serious issues such as the perception that Daniel is a bad father because he doesn't make a lot of money, and the implied criticism of careerist mother, Miranda, are buried under a lot of padding and jokes. Kids whose families are going through divorce might find this painful in spots (particularly the separations as seen from the parental perspective). Kids who fear separation should not see this until they feel safe and secure. But some kids may find the movie helpful because it lessens feelings of being alone or unique.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the impact of divorce in families.
  • Why is Daniel seen as too irresponsible to have custody?
  • Do your kids think that's fair? What about the working mom -- does the fact that she works full time and makes more money than Daniel make her a "better" parent?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Although overly sappy in places and probably 20 minutes too long, this Robin Williams-in-drag vehicle provides the comic a slick surface for doing his shtick, within a story possessing broad family appeal.

- Brian Lowry, Variety, Tuesday, July 22, 2008


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Chris Columbus' only good movie.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Mrs. Doubtfire is an interesting comedy with a pretty good cast. Starring Robin Williams who plays Daniel Hilliard a voice actor who though is a loving, caring father cannot be a strict one, and eventually his wife played by Sally Field files for divorce after a disastrous birthday party. He hatches a plan to see his kids more often due to the fact that his wife has gotten custody of their kids, thus he poses as a maid named Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is well directed by Chris Columbus and he is able to craft a good comedy that the whole family can enjoy. Sure the film could have been improved, but for what it is, Mrs. Doubtfire is lots of fun. There's good comedy at work here, and the cast deliver good performances. Obviously the actor that holds this film together is Robin Williams, and he gives one of his most unique performances here. The film is not perfect, and it does possess flaws, however the film is still a well crafted comedy that has plenty of good laughs and drama to appeal to anyone looking for a good family oriented comedy. The film works well enough, and is entertaining. Mrs. Doubtfire has been compared to Tootsie; however this one was based on book. Either way, both films are good, and Mrs. Doubtfire is a good comedy worth watching with your family. There's a good cast here that work very well with the humor, and Williams delivers a great humorous performance, he was the perfect choice for the part. Despite its flaws, Mrs. Doubtfire is a good film worth seeing.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Saturday, October 15, 2011

3 stars

While Robin Williams is a great and funny actor, deeming this movie Family Friendly didn't sit well with me. Taking God's name in vain in front of a child and then have that child repeat it back to her mother wasn't a smart thing to do. I don't think this movie is for all ages and parental supervision should be required. Aside from that, I liked this movie pretty well and had some good laughs. Robin is great in that old woman get up. I like the fact that they tol the story about how divorce affects everyone in the family. They did put a comedic spin on this movie and it was worth the watch.

- bug761, Thursday, September 1, 2011

4 stars

Tootsie all over again, but funnier and cooler, a great film.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, August 15, 2011