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Mrs. Doubtfire

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What it’s about:

After his wife files for divorce, Daniel Hillard can’t bear being apart from his three young children. But after the court rules in his ex-wife, Miranda’s favor, and sets strict custody rules, Daniel takes matters into his own hands by coming up with a new persona: Mrs. Doubtfire. Disguised as a British nanny, Daniel applies to become his children’s caregiver and is hired by his ex-wife to help get the family back in order.

Names you might know:

Robin Williams and Sally Field play the parents, with Harvey Fierstein is Williams’ brother.

Why it’s worth your time:

A classic comedy for all generations (tweens and up), Mrs. Doubtfire also depicts the difficulties children face after divorce, and the depths parents often take to stitch their families back together–even if that means becoming someone else.

The takeaway:

Focused on the themes of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and love, Mrs. Doubtfire is a gentle reminder that families are complicated and sometimes dysfunctional. Still, a repair is always possible, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Watch it with:

Whether you want to distill family differences or connect with family members through humor, Mrs. Doubtfire is a film that sparks joy for everyone.

Worth noting:

If you’ve recently gone through a separation or divorce, this film might be triggering for children.

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