Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), estranged from his exasperated spouse (Sally Field), is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job -- disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children's best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start. Not surprisingly, the film won an Oscar for Best Makeup.
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- Chris Columbus
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1994 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Top 100 Laughs
- 1994 Academy Award®
- Best Makeup
PG-13Adult content, adult language and some sexual references
Spanish (Neutral), EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.0, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DTS 5.1 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that as funny as Mrs. Doubtfire 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. Expect strong language (including "s--t" and one "f--k") and some drinking.
- Sexual Content
- Quizzing of a mother's sex life. Humor related to Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire's disguise.
- Brief bullying; arguments.
- Language includes one "f--k," plus "s--t," "bastard," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "goddamn," and some sexually themed language. A middle-finger gesture.
- Social Behavior
- Issues of divorce and separation are dealt with carefully. Although there's some implied criticism of a career mom and a deadbeat dad, ultimately this movie celebrates family bonds and loving parents and children.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking, close to inebriation.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it