With the recent announcement that a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire is in fact in the works, and is being directed by Chris Columbus (with the script is being penned by David Berenbaum), it seems only fitting that we take a look back at the original.
Whilst it is questionable as to whether the new cinematic venture will be successful, the original 1993 film (which is based on the novel by Anne Fine) could indeed be seen as a classic, which has been referenced numerous times in popular culture and was a box-office hit.
One of the great things about the film is that is manages to successful pair actual comedy and hilarious moments with heart-felt and touching story-lines, making Mrs. Doubtfire more than ‘just another comedy film’. Needless to say, one of the funniest elements of the film is the ‘fictional’ Mrs. Doubtfire. Williams’ character manages to get up to a whole heap of antics whilst donning his Mrs. Doubtfire get-up, from having to stick his face in a cream pie after having his mask run over by a truck outside, to getting caught using the wrong bathrooms (not to mention that Williams’ character possesses some of the best lines in the whole film, and the entire dinner scene towards the end is just pure hilarity). It’s also interesting to see the switch in the dynamics of Williams’ performance; from one moment being the dad trying to make ends meet, to the next trying to be the believable nanny figure. But of course, there is the element of heart, and Mrs. Doubtfire has quite a sweet story to it, underneath all the gags and costumes. The performances from Hillard’s three children add the element of childhood innocence to the film, especially from young Mara Wilson (who went on to play the titular role of Matilda in DeVito’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel), who manages to warm the hearts of audience’s with her confident performance.