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Daniel Hillard is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father to his three kids Lydia, Chris, and Natalie, but Daniel's wife Miranda sees him as a poor disciplinarian, and a bad role model. After Daniel throws an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for Chris, Miranda reaches the end of her limited patience, and files for a divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is given custody of the kids and he's only allowed to visit them once a week. Determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel discovers that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, and with help from his brother Frank, a makeup artist, Daniel gets the job, disguised as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny. Daniel pulls off the ruse so well that neither Miranda nor his children recognize him, and in the process, he learns some parenting tips. Daniel also has to deal with Miranda's new boyfriend, a jerk named Stu Dunmeyer. Written by
Polly Holiday's character of the Hillard family's next door neighbor Gloria Chaney, was originally scripted as a large supporting character and had a much bigger role in the film. Many scenes were filmed in which Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire gets even with Gloria as Gloria tells Mrs. Doubtfire that she heard rumors that Daniel cheated on Miranda and abused his children. This leads Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire, observing Gloria's passion for gardening, to give Gloria a formula that will help her flowers bloom better, and the secret ingredient in the formula is dog urine. Several scenes show Gloria actually getting dog urine and applying it to her flowers which kills them, and upsets her very much. Due to time constraints all of these scenes were cut out, and as a result, in the final cut of the film, the character of Gloria is only seen once during the opening credits before she calls Miranda to complain about Daniel throwing a birthday party next door, and later right before Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire, rips the logo off of Stu's Mercedes Benz, you can see a brief glimpse of Gloria doing some gardening. All of Gloria's deleted scenes can be seen in the special features on the film's DVD. See more »
During the sequence where Daniel is calling Miranda with horrible "potential nannies", he makes one call while in a bathtub. Between shots where it cuts between him and Miranda, the bubbles on his body change position. See more »
This is by far my all time favorite film. It really hits the spot with tremendous performances by ALL cast members. The score by composer Howard Shore gives a real warm feel to the whole duration of the movie. With the DVD release, you get to see all the deleted scenes. In particular is a scene where Lydia (Lisa Jakub) is distracted during her turn in the spelling bee by her mother and father (Sally Field, Robin Williams) who are arguing quietly because Daniel (Williams) arrived late, and could not sit with the family. The scene concludes with Lydia talking with her father about being a real family again. Lydia tells Daniel "It's your job to be our father." Daniel replies with "No, it's a joy being your father." Scenes like these give Mrs. Doubtfire a real sense of reality when it comes to families that are separated by differences between the parents. It tells children that it's okay if your parents don't get along, and are separated. It's not your fault. Don't blame yourself. There are all sorts of different families out there.
What really gives this movie it's unique touch is the brilliant performances of EVERYONE in this film. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who loves a good family film. My suggestion, get the DVD release. It has a lot of extra features you won't get on the VHS.
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