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How does Mrs. Doubtfire change peoples lives?

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In this essay, we will be analysing the influence that Mrs Doubtfire's personality has on the characters around her. Moreover, we will be able to see how her presence causes a transformation in the behaviour of each member of the family, following their encounters with her. The film which is represented to us as a comedy, actually reveals itself to be of a more serious nature. The film is set in modern San Francisco and shows the break-down of a marriage between Miranda, a career woman and Daniel, a man with Peter Pan type traits. The three kids are pulled emotionally between the two parents, who are continually fighting. The novelty of the film is the "Nanny", Mrs Doubtfire, who is actually the husband in disguise, professionally made up by Daniel's brother. The humour of the situation is taken to the limits but the film leads us to a believable ending. Daniel Hillard, the father, is shown to us in the opening moments of the film, as a person of unusual talent. The gift he has for imitating voices is wonderful, but he won't say script lines he doesn't morally agree with: "Millions of kids see this cartoon...do u think its right to promote smoking to the youth of America?" ...read more.


This is only Miranda's fault as she chose the career but we see that without her income the family's lifestyle would be of a lower standard. The party scene is of course only the last straw, in it her discontent with her life explodes. We also see she is very impatient because when Daniel suggest that they could work their problems out with the help of a therapist, she simply replies: "Its too late for that" We see that she doesn't even want to try, she tells Daniel they have nothing in common and that she doesn't love him anymore. A cause for not loving him could also be Stuart Dunmire, a charming businessman who had known Miranda before she married. We already see at the very beginning of the film that Miranda desires a relationship with him. This proves her inconsiderate and shows she is already looking for satisfaction outside of the marriage. When Mrs. Doubtfire is employed she can finally shelve the housekeeping onto someone else. There is an ironic scene which shows Mrs Doubtfire and Miranda in the kitchen, where perfection has been brought by the presence of Mrs Doubtfire. When asked why she divorced her husband, Miranda Hillard states: "Why would I need a husband when I've got you?" ...read more.


He respects rules and is well-behaved. Lydia is a girl at an age which is full of its own problems, in fact we see her as very insecure and unco-operative. When she meets Mrs. Doubtfire she makes no effort to be friendly on the contrary she is rude. The separation puts huge pressure of responsibility on Lydia. Lydia finds it unfair that she has to always make sure her little sister and brother get home safely. Mrs Doubtfire gives her someone she can safely rebel against giving her an outlet for her feelings and she slowly grows up. For example she manages to set aside her pride and apologise to Mrs. Doubtfire. She starts to trust and confide in Mrs. Doubtfire. She becomes more helpful and mature. To conclude, the film can be looked at by different age groups and in different ways. As a comedy or a comedy with a moral:- that if parents try hard enough separations an be made less painful. Or as a drama of family life that uses comedy to make it more palatable showing that relationships have to be worked on all the time by both partners. That maybe, we should try to put a little bit of Mrs. Doubtfire's effort into our lives to improve ourselves! A film truly for all. By Ilaria Lucheschi. ...read more.

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