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Mrs. Doubtfire Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    That Mrs. Doubtfire, a Tootsie Poppins for our times, misfires in the plausibility department and mis-aims its well-meaning if muddled messages about divorce doesn't matter. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. 01.D]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    But the film is not as amusing as the premise, and there were long stretches when I'd had quite enough of Mrs. Doubtfire.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Strictly speaking, it's not a top example of movie making, but it offers two hours of undeniably solid entertainment, and not too many viewers can argue with that.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Williams gives an inspired comic performance. Unfortunately, he outclasses the movie, which is basically a patchwork rip-off of Tootsie.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Director Chris Columbus shrewdly brings together many of the same selling points as in his "Home Alone" movies, mixing broad comedic strokes with heavy-handed messages about the magical power of family.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as funny as this movie is, it's really about the pain of separation and divorce. Serious issues such as the perception that Daniel is a bad father because he doesn't make a lot of money, and the implied criticism of careerist mother, Miranda, are buried under a lot of padding and jokes. Kids whose families are going through divorce might find this painful in spots (particularly the separations as seen from the parental perspective). Kids who fear separation should not see this until they feel safe and secure. But some kids may find the movie helpful because it lessens feelings of being alone or unique.

  • Families can talk about the impact of divorce in families.
  • Why is Daniel seen as too irresponsible to have custody?
  • Do your kids think that's fair? What about the working mom -- does the fact that she works full time and makes more money than Daniel make her a "better" parent?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Implied criticism of career mom and deadbeat dad.

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    Role models: Issues of divorce and separation are dealt with carefully. As a result the characters come across as human and likable. They are trying, and that makes them commendable. They eventually learn a lot from each other in the process.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

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    Sex: Frank quizzing of mother's sex life.

  • language false3

    Language: One "F" word and some other strong language, much of it sexually-themed.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in a restaurant.