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What to know: Who can say no to Robin Williams and his characters?! "Mrs.
Recommended age 10-18
125 minutes
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This movie is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen. There is so much to like about it! I mean who can say no to Robin Williams and his characters?! "Mrs. Doubtfire" is a funny and great movie for the whole family! It is funny, romantic, thrilling, has a sweet storyline that everyone can relate to and so much more!

The story begins when a young father (Robin Williams) is kind of, well, is not a strict father. He loves his kids very much, but behaves more like a best friend than a parent. He throws his son a big birthday party and Mom gets mad. They get divorced, sadly.

The mother puts an ad in the paper for a house keeper and father dresses up as a lady so he can see his kids. In history of cinematography, there are a lot of male actors that play female characters - Tootsie by Dustin Hoffman, Jill by Adam Sandler, Edna Turnblad by John Travolta, but I do believe that Robin Williams tops it all in Mrs. Doubtfire.

All actors are amazing, especially the kids. The camera work really shows the emotions and is very smooth as well. The directing and story line is so heartwarming. Anyone who sees this movie will come back to watch it again and again. I personally know it practically by heart but never miss a chance to watch it and every time I notice something new - a joke, a facial expression - something that I have not seen before so it keeps surprising me.

My favorite scene is when the social worker comes to father's house and he bumps into her still dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire. He ends up juggling between being himself and his "much older sister." It's a very funny and suspenseful scene in the movie. As a young actor, I also appreciate the brilliance of Robin William's acting skills in that moment.

I recommend this movie for ages 7-18 as this movie will make you all laugh and come back for more. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

This is a hilarious, heart-warming film staring comedic genius Robin Williams. The film is about Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) a talented voice actor and loving father. Recently divorced from his ex wife Miranda (Sally Field) he is now only able to see his three children once a week. When Miranda decides to find a nanny, Daniel dresses up like a woman and is hired for the position. He fools them all, but for how long?

What I love about this movie is its humor that is shown through the writing and the actors' performances. We have Robin doing impersonations, characters and even Sally has a few funny moments. It's the kind of wit you would expect from a movie based on the book, "Madame Doubtfire" by Anne Fine. This author knew the right times to be funny and when to get serious. I won't give away the ending, but I'm really happy with what they did and the message that goes with it. All the actors are wonderful. Robin does his normal comedy, but he also does some fantastic drama. Ms. Field is perfect and the kids do a superb job of acting as if their parents are divorced.

My favorite character is Miranda (Sally Field). She's the one who wanted a divorce in the first place. Sally is brilliant in portraying this hard working, frustrated, single mom. You may think she's a mean person to have divorced Daniel, but she has her reasons. You know she doesn't want to take her kids' father away, but unfortunately she can't handle Daniel.

My favorite scene is when Daniel goes to his brother and asks him to, "Make me a woman." While trying to find the right look for Mrs. Doubtfire we see him become different characters, do different impressions and wear different dresses. This is what Williams does best.

The moral is, "Just because your mom and dad don't love each other doesn't mean they don't love you." Divorce is for people who know that their marriage is over. This subject is deep for a Williams' film, but they tackle it respectively and realistically.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for ages 11 to 18 because this movie does have some bad language. But, this is a funny movie and it does have a great message for kids whose parents are divorced. You can watch this on KidScene all month.

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Excellent. At times painful, poignant and ultimately triumphant. Illustrates in a humorous fashion some of the best and worst adult behaviors that occur during a divorce. Adults loved it. Contains a lot of profanity.
When a divorced man loses custody of his children, he poses as an elderly housekeeper to spend more time with them.
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