Trivia / Mrs. Doubtfire

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Miranda's boss, who's played by Martin Mull, references a Wellman house. Martin Mull had starred in Roseanne, where Wellman Plastics was a featured industry.
    • Mrs Doubtfire uses a play on the phrase "carpe diem". That was the Catch-Phrase of Robin Williams's character in Dead Poets Society.
  • Adored by the Network: As of November 2013, this movie is played on the E! Network at least once a week.
  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Laughs: #67
  • Bowdlerize: When the film was first released in the UK, it was rated "12" (no one 12 and under admitted) due to a moment during the dinner scene where Mrs. Doubtfire unleashes a barrage of sexual slang terms at Stu to make him feel uncomfortable. Cue a public outcry from families who wanted to see the film. As a result, an edited "PG" version was released within a few months. The uncut version would not see the light of day in Britain again until 2012.
  • Career Resurrection: Before this movie, Pierce Brosnan's career was pretty stagnant, with his only real high profile role being the lead in Remington Steele. He was considred for his most famous role as early as the mid 1980s but his Remington Steele contract put a stop to that. Thankfully this was the shot in the arm needed for his career to persist a fair bit before finally landing the role of 007 in 1995.
  • Corpsing: Pierce Brosnan is clearly trying not to lose it at one point during the dinner scene. Quite glaring considering his character is supposed to be annoyed.
  • The Danza: Todd the Bartender, played by Todd Williams.
  • Deleted Role: The next door neighbour Gloria, played by Polly Holiday, had a much larger role. She meets Mrs Doubtfire and gossips about Daniel's bad behaviour - to which he tricks her into watering her flowers with dog urine. She only has one scene in the finished film.
  • Fake American: Lydia Hillard, the eldest daughter, is played by Canadian-born Lisa Jakub.
  • Fake Brit: Technically Pierce Brosnan, who is Irish but moved to London when he was ten. Daniel is an in-universe example in his Mrs Doubtfire disguise.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Inverted in that Robin Williams improvised so much, Chris Columbus said he had a hard time editing the footage they had into something resembling the script.
  • Playing Against Type: In-universe example - Daniel, the happy-go-lucky life of the party, has to play a strict, crotchety old disciplinarian.
  • Real-Life Relative: Robin Williams's brother plays the bartender in the pool scene.
  • Reality Subtext: Sally Field was going through a divorce during filming.
  • Stunt Double: No, that's not Robin Williams setting his blouse on fire. That's a stunt double, and a pretty obvious one at that. However, first time viewers are likely to miss it because the fire and frenetic action distracts from the stunt double's face.
  • Technology Marches On: The film's plot would be completely rendered moot today as caller ID would have outed Daniel as the person calling for all the nannies applying, and people don't usually pick up for unlisted numbers anymore.
    • It likely would have required writing in Daniel searching around for still-functioning payphones, calling from different lines at work, borrowing friends and coworkers' cellphones, etc. So the plot would still work, it would just require a bit more footwork on the character's part.
    • Or Email, but then the voices thing doesn't work so well.
  • Throw It In: Mara Wilson ad-libbed the princess line.
    • Daniel attempts this In-Universe while recording a scene where Pudgey the Parrot is forced to smoke, in an attempt to prevent the scene from setting a bad example for children. But besides finding it too preachy, the director points out that the animation is already completed and Daniel cannot adlib during scenes when Pudgey's mouth is not animated to move.
  • Tuckerization: The character Aunt Jack was named after Robin Williams's favourite characters in The Aunty Jack Show (an Australian TV series).
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: One biography claims that Robin Williams tested out how believable the disguise was by going into a bookstore wearing it - and wasn't recognised at all.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The movie's ending changed several times. The first script had Daniel and Miranda becoming Amicable Exes as they do in the finished film. The original scriptwriter was fired, and a different ending was rewritten where they remarry. This was changed after executives realised that they didn't want to give the Unfortunate Implications that all divorced parents eventually get back together.
    • A sequel was planned and went through several rewrites, Robin Williams never being satisfied with the story. After his death, the project was cancelled completely. Lisa Jakub had expressed interest in doing a sequel, while Mara Wilson had said she'd rather not.
    • The original author suggested Warren Beatty for the role of Daniel because she thought it would be funny to see him (a known womanizer) having to disguise himself as an old lady in a film. The role of Stu was written with Tim Allen in mind, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Home Improvement.
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