Mrs Doubtfire

  • PG
  • Chris Columbus (1993)
  • US
  • 120 min
Mrs Doubtfire
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Adapted from Anne Fine's book Alias Madame Doubtfire, this knowing blend of comedy and common sense is family entertainment par excellence. Aided by Oscar-winning make-up, Robin Williams gives one of the performances of his career as an actor who disguises himself as a Scottish nanny to be close to his children after he splits from wife Sally Field. Director Chris Columbus should be given credit for reining in the Williams exuberance that often overbalances his pictures, while retaining enough of his quick-fire personality to ensure that just about every gag hits its target. Raising the occasional quizzical eyebrow in bewilderment, Pierce Brosnan also does well as the bachelor looking for a ready-made family, but Field overdoes the exasperation and the film's a lot more fun when she's not around. It's a little long and some scenes misfire, notably Williams's routine with the dinosaurs and the resultant TV show, but cracking set pieces, such as the make-up experiments and the series of table-hopping quick changes, more than make amends. No matter how many times you've seen it already, it's worth watching again just for Mara Wilson, playing one of the daughters, who was even more impressive in Danny DeVito's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan. When voice-over artist Daniel Hillard walks out of his day job, his wife Miranda decides it's time to walk out on him, and is granted custody of their children. Daniel is desperate to be with his kids, so when Miranda advertises for a nanny-cum-housekeeper he applies for the job in disguise.

Cast and crew


Daniel Hillard / Mrs Doubtfire
Robin Williams
Miranda Hillard
Sally Field
Pierce Brosnan
Harvey Fierstein
Polly Holliday
Lydia Hillard
Lisa Jakub
Chris Hillard
Matthew Lawrence
Natalie Hillard
Mara Wilson
Mr Lundy
Robert Prosky
Mrs Sellner
Anne Haney
Scott Capurro


Chris Columbus

Other Information

Edited for some of its language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG