Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1993.  Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Wolf Productions.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by . Film Editing by .  

After a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Sally FieldRobin Williams is so scared of losing time with his three children that he decides to thwart her plan to hire a housekeeper to keep guard of them during the hours that she works.  He answers Field’s ad for a daytime housekeeper and dresses himself up to look the part of a docile old English lady, with makeup effects that are awe-inspiring, but which come to life thanks to Williams’ brilliant performance underneath the latex: his Mrs. Doubtfire will have you feeling like you’re watching your very own grandmother, if you were lucky enough to have one that sweet. The hijinks are hilarious, and though the film runs much longer than it should, it’s a pure delight and good film for the whole family to watch.

Academy Award:  Best Makeup

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Robin Williams)

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