Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Chris Columbus directs Robin Williams, Sally Field and Mara Wilson in this family comedy where a divorced Dad transforms himself into an elderly nanny so he can con his ex into giving him daily access to his kids.

A massive hit back in its day now proves a passable distraction. Overlong and self pitying, it only really comes to life in the housework montages and sections where the script is thrown out the window so Williams can riff and do voices at whatever extra can stare blankly at him the longest. There’s thankfully tons of both of these segments. The framing scenes are manipulative, syrupy and sitcom-my. An inflated TV show pilot that would have been cancelled if Williams wasn’t mixing it up front and centre.

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