Mrs. Doubtfire

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), a voice-over actor specializing in kid's cartoons, is having marital troubles. His wife, Miranda (Sally Field), has had her fill of his disorganization and irresponsibility and wants a divorce. Their three children, ages 5 to 12, adore their dad because he's their best pal. When a child custody judge says Daniel can only see his kids a few hours each weekend, he and the kids are devastated. Undaunted, Daniel disguises himself as an old fashioned woman and deceives his wife into hiring him as the housekeeper and babysitter in his own home. He adopts the name MRS. DOUBTFIRE from a headline in the newspaper. From this point on, the film becomes just one comical happening after another. Daniel, alias Mrs. Doubtfire, burns meals, catches his blouse on fire, has intimate discussions with his unsuspecting wife, and tries to sabotage her relationship with her new boyfriend. When his disguise is found out, all the wacky comedy comes to a meaningful and poignant ending. Audiences will be delighted with this hilarious, gentle comedy and with Robin Williams' endearing performance.

MRS. DOUBTFIRE is the heartwarming story of a dad's love for his children and their desperate need for each other. He and Miranda are not bitter and share a genuine love and concern for their family. At the same time, they don't hesitate to lay down the law to their children. Daniel desperately tries to work out a way to keep the family together; however, he concludes that children can be happy wherever they are if they know they are loved. Along with all these positive messages, comes the foul language so often found in PG-13 films, including some s-words, many crude expressions and some regular profanities. Mimicking her dad, even Daniel's five year old daughter takes the Lord's name in vain. The dialogue becomes sexually oriented on occasion, and Daniel makes a number of humorous references to genitals and intercourse. Too bad these unfortunate elements mar such a "feel good" film.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Twentieth Century Fox, P. O. Box 900, Beverly Hills, CA 90213

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (16) times - Mild 6, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (15) times (s- word 2, others 13; crude slang and finger gesture)

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular 4 (GD,J); Exclamatory 10

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man hit stealing purse; man hit with orange; man chokes on food)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (Boy wants 'stripper' for birthday; discussions about adults' sex life; references to genitals and intercourse)

Drugs: Few times (social drinking)

Other: Man urinates (no nudity); fake rubber breasts/blouse catch on fire

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