In MRS. DOUBTFIRE, when Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) loses his acting job and then hires for his son’s birthday party a petting zoo which wrecks havoc with his San Francisco home, his wife Miranda (Sally Fields) demands a divorce. Since Daniel has neither a job nor a home, the judge awards the custody of the children to Miranda in spite of Daniel’s pleas. However, with the help of his homosexual brother and his lover, Daniel is transformed into Mrs. Doubtfire, so he can respond to Miranda’s advertisement for a nanny and thus be close to his children. Mrs. Doubtfire gets the job, and the fun begins. She/he “burns” dinner, insists on the children doing their homework, offers grandmotherly advice to Miranda, and brings order, love and respect to the Hillard household. Mrs. Doubtfire becomes such a favorite that after her unveiling, each of the family wishes she/he would return, intimating that dad was better as a woman than a man.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE is a somewhat funny movie if you enjoy transvestite jokes, sexual innuendo and foul language. Aside from the admonition in Deuteronomy 22:5: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this,” the movie fails to develop its potential. Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan seem totally out of place, so Williams has to carry the entire movie.
(B, LL, S, Ho, PC) Messages of the importance of both parents and of a father's love for his children is marred by: at least 12 obscenities, 9 profanities (including teaching a five-year-girl how to say "g* d*") and several vulgarities; sexual innuendo and humor; Robin Williams dressed in "drag" & a homosexual lifestyle portrayed as natural; and, politically correct anti-cigarette message.