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''Mrs. Doubtfire'' is a 1993 family movie wherein Creator/RobinWilliams, after separating from his wife, [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdresses]] as an elderly British woman in order to see his kids again. It co-stars Creator/SallyField, PierceBrosnan, Matthew Lawrence, and Creator/MaraWilson. It was directed by Creator/ChrisColumbus.

Daniel Hillard (Williams) is a recently out of work actor, struggling to maintain his rocky marriage. One day, after going behind his wife's back and throwing a birthday party for their son, his wife, Miranda (Field), finally tires of his antics and divorces him. Only allowed to see their three children once a week, Daniel tries to get a new job and shape up his life so that he may receive joint custody. He discovers that Miranda is looking for a nanny to take care of the kids after school. She won't allow him to babysit them, so with the aid of his make-up artist brother, Daniel disguises himself as Mrs. Doubtfire, an elderly, strict Scottish woman. He is quickly hired by his ex-wife and uses the opportunity to secretly spend time with his children. Things get more complicated, though, as Miranda starts dating an old friend, Stu (Brosnan), and Daniel finds that his family can't do without Mrs. Doubtfire.

A rare TwelfthNightAdventure in western media. Based on the book ''Alias Madame Doubtfire'' by Anne Fine, this was one of Robin Williams' biggest hits and finished its theatrical run 2nd behind ''HomeAlone'' (another Chris Columbus film) as the highest-grossing live-action comedy of all time. The film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. It is ranked #67 on AFI's list of top 100 funniest films and #40 on Bravo's list of "100 Funniest Movies of All Time."

[[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/mrs-doubtfire-2-robin-williams-set-to-star-in-sequel-to-1993-comedy-9266507.html A sequel has been announced.]] However, due to Robin Williams' death on August 11, 2014, this is on shaky ground.


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!!Shows examples of:
* AFoolForAClient: Daniel, at his second custody hearing. It all comes tumbling down.
* AttractiveBentGender: The bus drives seems to think so, regarding Mrs. Doubtfire.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Or in this case, the PG rating. Supposedly, the scene in Bridges Restaurant where Mrs. Doubtfire says numerous [[DoubleEntendre double entendres]] to Stu was pretty much the main reason the film got a PG-13 rating; otherwise, it might've squeaked by with a PG.
** Notably, the UK version has several of the most saucy double entendres removed from this scene in order to make a BBFC PG rating, as the next step up is 12, which is rather restrictive for what is seen as a family comedy.
* BecomingTheMask: While Daniel never loses himself in the Mrs. Doubtfire character, she certainly does grow beyond his original plan and takes on a life of her own, and by the end of the film he enjoys being her simply for being her, because she brings out the good in people including Daniel himself.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Daniel and Miranda remain divorced, but he is able to get unsupervised visitation rights. This was substituted for the original ending where they do get back together, which was opposed by Chris Columbus, Robin Williams, and Sally Field (all divorcees) who thought it would give false hope to children of divorced couples.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: [[TheHub The Hub's]] showing of the film takes scissors to everything from snippets of dialog to entire scenes. Dubbing over Frank saying "Bitch"? Perfectly understandable. Cutting the scene when Mrs. Doubtfire asserts her authority and makes the kids do chores because they won't do their homework? Hurts the film and makes the kids feel like props rather than characters. Oh and Miranda can't say "Hell" but "Lotsa luck, Smart Ass" was fine.
** Some of the edits likely have more to do with the fact that TheHub is attempting to fit a two and a half hour movie into a two hour timeslot. AMC's edit of film bizarrely mutes Robin Williams saying "damn" but 5-year-old Mara Wilson can say "damn" in the same exact context.
* BrickJoke: Frank is teased as one of Mrs. Doubtfire's future guests.
* CampGay: Daniel's brother (played by HarveyFierstein, no less) and his partner.
* ChekhovsSkill: At "her" interview, Mrs. Doubtfire's resume states that she knows first aid, including the Heimlich Maneuver. This apparently isn't a lie (like the rest of the qualifications clearly are), as Daniel ends up needing to administer the Maneuver to Stuart later on.
* ClarkKenting: Averted. The multi-faceted disguise combined with Daniel/Robin's utterly brilliant performance has been known to make even audience members occasionally forget Mrs. Doubtfire's fictionality.
** The crew had Williams test it out by going into a store in full Doubtfire gear and manner to see if anyone could spot that it was a disguise. Everyone took him as a sweet, if quite tall, old lady.
* CompensatingForSomething: Mrs. Doubtfire uses this trope regarding Stu's car to mock him, outright stating that men buys big cars to compensate for their small genitals.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Daniel over Stuart and Miranda. Starts off as Petty Jealousy Guy but definitely becomes crazy when he poisons his food.
* DeadpanSnarker: Daniel, even when he's Mrs. Doubtfire.
* DemotedToExtra: In-universe example, early in the movie, Mr. Sprinkles is the star of a children's show. At the end of the movie, he's replaced by Mrs. Doubtfire and is demoted to Mr. Mailman, a minor character.
* DivorceIsTemporary: Defied (see below).
* EdibleBludgeon: Daniel under the guise of Mrs. Doubtfire does not take kindly to Stuart calling him a loser, and pelts him in the back of the head with a lime.
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "Oh, it was a run-by fruiting!"]]
* {{False Soulmate}}s: Daniel and Miranda divorce and never get back together.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: An extremely awkward one. In the opening scene Daniel quits his job in protest of a cartoon having a cute little bird smoking a cigarette. So we're supposed to sympathize with him because he stands up for his principles. Except it was 1993, not 1953. No children's cartoon in the world would've glamorized smoking at that time, much less any station air it. Were it not for this scene we would've been introduced to Daniel losing (another) job, ignoring his wife's wish not to throw a party for a grounded child, and destroying the house with a wild party. It would've been hard not to side with Miranda with the irresponsible husband and father angle. But because he's opposed to kids smoking he must be a good guy.
* FirstFatherWins: DoubleSubverted.
* GenreBlindness: Really? Attempt to [[TwoTimerDate attend the same event as two people]]? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
** To be fair, he tried to get out of the birthday dinner ''and'' move the business meeting, but both failed. Besides, the TwoTimerDate did go well, until it was botched thanks to LaserGuidedKarma.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It stars Creator/RobinWilliams, what did you expect?
-->'''Mrs. Doubtfire:''' Don't ''fuss'' with me.
** A lot of snarky lines cross into this as well.
** Lastly, something which likely went over the head over most of the children at the final trial scene is that the judge is implying that Daniel is a DepravedHomosexual, unable to be trusted with his kids.
** Not to mention the BilingualBonus you get when you know what he says in Yiddish while disguised as an old woman...
-->'''Old Woman''': I should never buy gribenes[[note]]fried "chicken"(?) skins[[/note]] from a Mohel[[note]]circumciser. A shande indeed... [[/note]] . It's so chewy!
* GoneHorriblyRight: Daniel does such a good job as Mrs. Doubtfire, that when he himself has shown to be a competent parent (thanks to the skills he's learned as Doubtfire), Miranda won't consider letting him watch the kids outside his visitation rights because she and the kids can't bear to let go of Mrs. Doubtfire.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: If Daniel hadn't decided to spike Stu's dinner, he wouldn't have had to stop him from choking thus most likely keeping his identity as Mrs. Doubtfire safe.... at least for the time being.
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: The caseworker for the divorce makes a surprise visit to Daniel's apartment to check up on him, but comes while he's still in disguise. Daniel!Doubtfire covers for it by claiming that she's his sister. The caseworker calls his bluff, but Daniel gets around this by going into a room to "get" him; while in the room, where the caseworker can't see him, he loudly holds both sides of the conversation as himself and Mrs. Doubtfire, all while changing out of disguise.
* HurricaneOfPuns: When Daniel is changing out of the Mrs. Doubtfire disguise during the social worker's visit.
-->'''Daniel''': "Oh yeah, it's something I can really sink my teeth into!" *removes false teeth*
-->"It's like I don't have the same face anymore!" *removes mask*
* IdiotBall: Miranda divorced her husband, whom she supposedly was well aware of his skill with voices and fast talking. Yet all these strange, surreal nannies responding to her ads never sets off an internal flag that her husband could be behind them.
* IMeantToDoThat: [[spoiler:Done successfully by Daniel at the end of the movie. When he realizes that he accidentally sat down at his boss' table while dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire , he tells his boss that "Mrs. Doubtfire" is his idea for a new children's show character. It works so well that he ends up getting his own TV show.]]
* [[INeverSaidItWasPoison I Never Said It Was Divorce]]:
-->'''Miranda Hillard:''' They are very upset with me right now.
-->'''Mrs. Doubtfire:''' Probably the divorce.
-->'''Miranda Hillard:''' How did you know?
** Mrs. Doubtfire backed this up by saying she can tell by the way Lydia talked about her dad.
* JerkAss: Daniel's boss Tony in the shipping department.
* LatexPerfection: A rare realistic version, thanks to Daniel's makeup artist brother Frank. Behind the scenes, the film very deservingly won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
** Although in real life there's no way Williams could have donned that makeup so quickly (and repeatedly). He actually spent 4 hours a day having it applied.
* LineOfSightName: The name Doubtfire came from a newspaper headline ("Police Doubt Fire Was Accidental").
* LiteralMetaphor
--> '''Miranda:''' How did your husband die?
--> '''Mrs. Doubtfire:''' He was quite fond of the drink. It was the drink that killed him.
--> '''Miranda:''' How awful, he was an alcoholic?
--> '''Mrs. Doubtfire:''' No, he was hit by a Guinness truck, so it was quite literally the drink that killed him.
* LittleBlackDress
* MuggingTheMonster: A would-be mugger tries to steal Mrs Doubtfire's purse. Mrs Doubtfire [[NeverMessWithGranny fights him off]], yelling at the man in Daniel's normal voice (which scares the crap out of the snatcher and some bystanders), then goes over to Mrs. Doubtfire's voice "And he broke my purse, the bastard!"
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "Oh no, I've killed the bastard!"
* NeverMessWithGranny: "Don't...fuss with me."
* NeverTrustATrailer: This film is good, and it has funny moments. It is not, however, a light wacky romp.
* NobodyPoops: Averted.
* OhCrap: When Miranda tells Mrs. Doubtfire that the court worker told her about an old woman going to Daniel's home, followed by a scary stare and saying "I need to ask you something." You can practically see the horror in Daniel's face. Luckily, it was about Mrs. Doubtfire's personal life.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In-universe and lampshaded. Daniel's accent for Mrs. Doubtfire is a second-hand, sort of bastardized Scottish accent and occasionally slips into others from the region. Stu, who's actually from the UK where accents are a big part of culture, points this out when he first meets "her". Daniel just barely covers by responding that she moved around a lot in her life.
** In one of the more serious moments in the movie, Miranda confides in Mrs. Doubtfire that she's happier when she's not around Daniel. Daniel briefly and subtly drops his Doubtfire accent to say, "Well you never..." before catching himself and continuing the conversation in the Doubtfire accent. Luckily for him, Miranda didn't catch on.
* ParentheticalSwearing: "Don't '''fuss''' with me."
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: When Daniel's mask falls out of the window, lands in the road, and then gets run over by a garbage truck.
** This.
--> '''Natalie:''' We're his goddamn kids, too! \\
'''Miranda:''' [[WhatTheHellHero Any other choice phrases you'd like to teach our five-year-old, Daniel]]?
* RealityEnsues: When Daniel is finally caught and forced to come before the judge, the judge tells him that if you want to prove yourself a competent, capable parent figure, dressing up like an elderly Scottish nanny and posing as a housekeeper to defy court orders isn't going to help. Daniel ''did'' meet the judge's demands, ahead of schedule as he points out, but his behavior as Mrs. Doubtfire did far more damage to his case than any of the good he did for it.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Daniel complains at work about an extremely boring children's program that's shooting...to the executive who allowed the program to air. When he finds out exactly who he's talking to, Daniel introduces himself as a "former employee." Luckily for him, his boss agrees with the criticism.
* RomanticFalseLead: Averted, the wife's new boyfriend (played by PierceBrosnan) is an actual caring nice guy who wants to be a part of her family, and seems like a much more stable and mature father figure for them. He still gets a somewhat out of place KickTheDog moment when he badmouths Daniel by the poolside, though.
** Possibly justified though, since Miranda would probably not be very glowing about Daniel in talking about her divorce to Stu, making him feel like Daniel did wrong by her. It's less of a personal attack on Daniel but more of being upset that someone broke Miranda's heart. He also appears to be careful about ''not'' badmouthing Daniel in front of Miranda or the children, as opposed to Miranda, who does it openly in front of the kids.
* RuleOfFunny, HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Daniel eventually gets the job as nanny using the voice of an elderly British woman after terrifying his ex-wife with a series of comically inept "applications". Yet, when he goes to be disguised as a woman, he then tries out several different looks (which call for quite different voices, including a Cuban woman and a Russian woman) first. This makes no sense and only happens due to Rule of Funny. Several reviewers criticized the movie for stopping dead in its tracks several times to let Williams riff in a movie that crosses the two-hour mark.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Daniel does this when his fake breast catches fire during the cooking scene.
* ScyllaAndCharybdis: Hand-in-hand with the TwoTimerDate.
* [[SecretKeeper Secret Keepers:]] [[spoiler: Lydia and Chris become this to their father after Chris [[UnsettlingGenderReveal accidentally walks in on Mrs. Doubtfire in the bathroom.]]]]
* ShoutOut: The ShowWithinAShow Daniel ends up working on as "Mrs. Doubtfire" is pretty much MisterRogersNeighborhood with a female host.
** Daniel even states that Mr. Rogers is Mick Jagger compared to the host of the boring children's program.
* StalkingIsLove: Unusually, it's a man stalking his whole family rather than just his ex-wife.
* TakingTheKids: And the house.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: InvokedTrope. In order for him to get Miranda's housekeeping job, Daniel changes the telephone number on the classified ad before it's sent to the newspaper, then calls Miranda's number as terrible interviewees before breaking out what would be Mrs. Doubtfire.
* ThrowItIn: The movie's opening scene has Daniel recording lines for a cartoon, and improvising dialogue that wasn't in the script. He does this out of protest against the animation's innocuous portrayal of smoking, considering it inappropriate for children. This leads to him getting fired yet again. [[invoked]]
* ToiletSeatDivorce: The immediate cause of their divorce is that Daniel threw a birthday party for their son despite Miranda's veto (which, in turn, was a response to the son's poor grades.) However, later in the film, Miranda reveals to Mrs. Doubtfire that she'd spent the last few years overworked to compensate for Daniel's chronic unemployment and frustrated with his reckless parenting style.
** Earlier in the film, Lydia told Mrs. Doubtfire that she made her mom so happy than she's ever seen before. In fact, Lydia states that she can't even remember the last time her mom was ''ever'' happy.
* {{Troll}}: Daniel calling Miranda in the TerribleIntervieweesMontage.
* TwoTimerDate: Daniel both has to appear with his family as the nanny while also having a dinner with his boss. [[spoiler: He ends up exposing himself to his family in the process.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Stu vanishes from the film following the disastrous dinner with zero explanation--is he still dating Miranda but just unseen, did he dump her because he can't deal with all the craziness, etc?
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Daniel.
* WildTeenParty: Subverted. Somehow inviting all the toddlers in the neighborhood, renting a petting zoo and a pony for your son doesn't sound very great for a 12-year-old boy. Especially to risk your marriage over.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Mrs. Doubtfire's humor reminds Miranda of her ex-husband's, and for good reason.

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