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** Rather than learn housekeeping skills, Daniel forces the children to clean the house by threatening how they'll never see him again if he's found out.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Daniel Hillard -- loving father who desperately wants to raise his kids, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3bgipCebuI creepily obsessed stalker]] that commits a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfjywzrFP4 series of crimes]]?
** Even {{lampshaded}} a bit in-movie, both by Daniel himself ("What am I doing here? This is beyond obsession.") and by the judge, once the gig is up, as the reason for ordering supervision during Daniel's time with the kids.
*** In some ways, this also applies to Miranda. Is she a mature woman who has put up with Daniel's antics over the years and has finally reached her breaking point, or is she a cold detached woman more interested in her career than her family? Her apparent mooning over her old flame prior to telling Daniel it's over doesn't help her cause any.
* BrokenBase: Daniel vs Miranda. Either this movie is about an immature ManChild losing his kids to a responsible wife who can't put up with him anymore, or it's a loving father having his kids taken from him by an uptight workaholic, or [[BothSidesHaveAPoint a little bit of both]]. The film itself even straddles this line with the children; they don't get along with Miranda nearly as well as they do with Daniel and are upset when she comes to pick them up from his place, but on the flipside, they're aware that Daniel has to grow up and seriously needs to get his act together.

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** Rather than learn housekeeping skills, Daniel forces the children to clean the house by threatening how that they'll never see him again if he's found out.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
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Daniel Hillard -- loving father who desperately wants to raise his kids, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3bgipCebuI creepily obsessed stalker]] that commits a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfjywzrFP4 series of crimes]]?
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crimes]]? Even {{lampshaded}} a bit in-movie, both by Daniel himself ("What am I doing here? This is beyond obsession.") and by the judge, once the gig is up, as the reason for ordering supervision during Daniel's time with the kids.
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kids. In a sweet monologue, he even says that he loves so much that he's crazy about them, and the idea of being away from them so much is truly painful.
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In some ways, this also applies to Miranda. Is she a mature woman who has put up with Daniel's antics over the years and has finally reached her breaking point, or is she a cold detached woman more interested in her career than her family? Her apparent mooning over her old flame prior to telling Daniel it's over doesn't help her cause any.
* BrokenBase: Daniel vs Miranda. Either this movie is about an immature ManChild losing his kids to a responsible wife who can't put up with him anymore, or it's a loving father having his kids taken from him by an uptight workaholic, or [[BothSidesHaveAPoint a little bit of both]]. The film itself even straddles this line with makes a point of [[TakeTheThirdOption taking the children; third option]]; they don't get along with Miranda nearly as well as they do with Daniel and are upset when she comes to pick them up from his place, but on the flipside, they're aware that Daniel has to grow up and seriously needs to get his act together.



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: While he doesn't come off as ''completely'' unsympathetic, it's not that hard to understand why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is rather immature and irresponsible, and if he has been more serious (like his Mrs. Doubtfire persona), it's entirely possible that the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the ''he's'' the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't tolerate his immaturity anymore.

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: While he doesn't come off as ''completely'' unsympathetic, it's not that hard to understand why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is rather immature and irresponsible, and if he has been more serious when the situation called for it (like his Mrs. Doubtfire persona), it's entirely possible that the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the that ''he's'' the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't tolerate his immaturity anymore.



* WTHCastingAgency: And featuring Harvey Fierstein as Robin Williams' brother! Wait, what?

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* WTHCastingAgency: And featuring Harvey Fierstein as Robin Williams' brother! Wait, what?what? [[RuleOfCool He's a delight to see, though.]]


** In the "Pudgy and Grunge" cartoon that Daniel is recording for at the beginning of the film, Pudgy at one point says, "Eat your heart out, Creator/MerylStreep" after Grunge has taken him from his cage. And then later, when Grunge is planning on cooking Pudgy, he says "Eat your heart out, Julia Child". Well, [[Film/JulieAndJulia guess who Meryl Streep goes on to portray 16 years after this film's release]]?

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** In the "Pudgy and Grunge" cartoon that Daniel is recording for at the beginning of the film, Pudgy at one point says, "Eat your heart out, Creator/MerylStreep" after Grunge has taken him from his cage. And then later, when Grunge is planning on cooking Pudgy, he says "Eat your heart out, Julia Child". Well, [[Film/JulieAndJulia guess who Meryl Streep goes went on to portray 16 years after this film's release]]?


** Also, the restaurant scene where Stu is choking on the hot cayenne pepper, which he's allergic to, that Mrs. Doubtfire put on his meal (but didn't know about his allergy and [[EveryoneHasStandards was so horrified by this, he ended up saving his life]]) becomes this once you learn that Creator/PierceBrosnan once worked as a professional fire eater.

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** Also, the restaurant scene where Stu is choking on the hot cayenne pepper, which he's allergic to, that Mrs. Doubtfire put on his meal (but didn't know about his allergy and [[EveryoneHasStandards was so horrified by this, he ended up saving his life]]) becomes this once you learn that Creator/PierceBrosnan once worked as a professional fire eater.


*** Indeed, leading to wondering over the interpretation of whether she's sincerely at the end of her rope with a situation that's bad for her and her children, or just [[ToiletSeatDivorce looking for an excuse]] to dump her current husband for her more attractive, more successful, and less ''silly'' ex?


* HardTruthAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with Daniel and Miranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.


* BrokenBase: Daniel vs Miranda. Either this movie is about an immature ManChild losing his kids to a responsible wife who can't put up with him anymore, or it's a loving father having his kids taken from him by an uptight workaholic, or [[BothSidesHaveAPoint a little bit of both]]. The film itself even straddles this line with the children; they don't get along with Miranda nearly as well as they do with Daniel and are upset when she comes to pick them up from his place, but on the flipside, they're aware that Daniel has to grow up and seriously get his act together.

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* BrokenBase: Daniel vs Miranda. Either this movie is about an immature ManChild losing his kids to a responsible wife who can't put up with him anymore, or it's a loving father having his kids taken from him by an uptight workaholic, or [[BothSidesHaveAPoint a little bit of both]]. The film itself even straddles this line with the children; they don't get along with Miranda nearly as well as they do with Daniel and are upset when she comes to pick them up from his place, but on the flipside, they're aware that Daniel has to grow up and seriously needs to get his act together.



* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with Daniel and Miranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.


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* HardTruthAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with Daniel and Miranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.


* InformedWrongness: While his wife does seem like an old "battle-axe", you'd be rather pissed too if there was a horse and a big mess in your house, especially regarding a party that you already disapproved of having in the first place--to say nothing of the fact that Miranda had ''specifically said'' that Chris wasn't allowed to have a big birthday party because of his bad grades.


* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: This film, though hilarious, is one of the most realistic depictions of divorce in cinema (''Film/KramerVsKramer'' is another possible member of this category). Daniel and Miranda are both presented as having valid reasons to separate (Miranda is frustrated by Daniel's chronic lack of work and carefree attitude, while Daniel is angered by her uptight nature and tendency to put her job first); we get to see both sides of the issue, which prevents the audience from making snap judgments. The end of the film becomes even more direct with this trope: [[spoiler:Daniel and Miranda ''don't'' get back together,]], and Mrs. Doubtfire, on her new TV show, explains that sometimes, divorce can be a good thing, especially if there are children involved (she implies that staying together for kids can actually be ''more'' damaging). Depicting divorce as a positive is unexpected, and the movie does drive it home repeatedly, but it's a message that needs to be shared, especially to children. In the same speech mentioned above, Mrs. Doubtfire also lists several non-traditional family patterns (foster parents, living with other relatives, etc.), and assures children that the names don't matter--family is about love. Subtle? No. Extremely important and valid? Yes.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: This film, though hilarious, is one of the most realistic depictions of divorce in cinema (''Film/KramerVsKramer'' is another possible member of this category). Daniel and Miranda are both presented as having valid reasons to separate (Miranda is frustrated by Daniel's chronic lack of work and carefree attitude, while Daniel is angered by her uptight nature and tendency to put her job first); we get to see both sides of the issue, which prevents the audience from making snap judgments. The end of the film becomes even more direct with this trope: [[spoiler:Daniel and Miranda ''don't'' get back together,]], together]], and Mrs. Doubtfire, on her new TV show, explains that sometimes, divorce can be a good thing, especially if there are children involved (she implies that staying together for kids can actually be ''more'' damaging). Depicting divorce as a positive is unexpected, and the movie does drive it home repeatedly, but it's a message that needs to be shared, especially to children. In the same speech mentioned above, Mrs. Doubtfire also lists several non-traditional family patterns (foster parents, living with other relatives, etc.), and assures children that the names don't matter--family is about love. Subtle? No. Extremely important and valid? Yes.


* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with Daniel and Niranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with Daniel and Niranda Miranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.


* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with DAniel and Niranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with DAniel Daniel and Niranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.


* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Sorry kids, but sometimes it really is best that your parents get (and remain) divorced. People who are too different from one another simply can't function together, and need to be apart in order to be the parents that you need in your life. The original script actually did end with DAniel and Niranda getting back together, but Chris Columbus and Robin Williams, who’d both been divorced, worried it would give children of divorced parents unreasonable hope and successfully got it changed.

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** When Daniel puts on the "old Jewish woman" makeup, he and Frank sing a bit of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''. Harvey Fierstein would eventually [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EZ3p5Kywpo star in the musical]] a decade later.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: He was saying it out of jealousy over Miranda dating Stuart, but Daniel (as Mrs. Doubtfire) had a perfectly legitimate point when he tells her it's too soon for her to start introducing her kids to a new man in their lives when they're still trying to deal with the divorce.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Not totally actually but it's not so hard to see why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is an immature and irresponsible man and if he has been always serious like his Mrs Doubtfire persona maybe the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the HE is the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't stand his non-sense anymore.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: He Even though he was saying it out of his jealousy over Miranda dating Stuart, but Daniel (as Mrs. Doubtfire) had a perfectly legitimate point when he tells her it's too soon for her to start introducing her kids to a new man in their lives when they're still trying to deal with the divorce.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Not totally actually but While he doesn't come off as ''completely'' unsympathetic, it's not so that hard to see understand why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is an rather immature and irresponsible man irresponsible, and if he has been always more serious like (like his Mrs Mrs. Doubtfire persona maybe persona), it's entirely possible that the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the HE is ''he's'' the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't stand tolerate his non-sense immaturity anymore.



** Similarly, the scene where the kids catch Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire peeing standing up and freaking out, acting as if she is going to molest them. Logo actually bleeps Chris's use of the term "he-she" in this scene.

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** Similarly, the scene where the kids catch Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire peeing standing up and freaking out, acting as if she is going to molest them. Logo Some airings actually bleeps bleep Chris's use of the term "he-she" in this scene.


* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: Not totally actually but it's not so hard to see why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is an immature and irresponsible man and if he has been always serious like his Mrs Doubtfire persona maybe the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the HE is the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't stand his non-sense anymore.

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* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Not totally actually but it's not so hard to see why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is an immature and irresponsible man and if he has been always serious like his Mrs Doubtfire persona maybe the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the HE is the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't stand his non-sense anymore.

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* UnintentionalUnsympathetic: Not totally actually but it's not so hard to see why Miranda is so rude towards Daniel. Daniel is an immature and irresponsible man and if he has been always serious like his Mrs Doubtfire persona maybe the divorce would have never happened. People also tend to forget the HE is the primary cause of divorce since Miranda couldn't stand his non-sense anymore.

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