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Mrs Doubtfire

Year: 1993
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan
Why anyone would want to divorce a Dad like Robin Williams who adores his kids and knows how to have fun is the only off note in this otherwise schmaltzy family comedy.

It's not that Sally Field as his wife comes off looking like a bitch, but later on when the character of Mrs Doubtfire has her own kids TV show and she says that 'even though your parents don't love each other any more doesn't mean they don't love you', it just reminds you she left him for really no reason other than to set up the slightly convoluted premise.

When he's not only unceremoniously dumped but denied access to his children because of his slacker ways, he poses as a portly but very proper English housekeeper to get back into the house (his own!).

Cue a saddlebag full of payoffs of Robin Williams in a dress trying to behave like a woman - with a suave guy (Brosnan) trying to woo his former wife, a social worker checking up on him and more.

There are plenty of laughs but the plot's a bit of a stretch, and it's just one more great male comic subscribing to one of the most Hollywood of institutions of cross dressing.

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