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Mrs. Doubtfire Review

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After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend secret time with his children held in custody by his ex-wife.

★★★★

Whatever you may think of Chris Columbus' directorial abilities, there's no denying his ability to turn out hits (expect him to work similar magic with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone), and Mrs.Doubtfire is no exception. Here, Robin Williams dons the fat suit and prosthetic make-up to play the titular nanny, with Field as the uptight mom who has no idea that her new, perfect employee is her ex-husband in disguise.

Although the broad comedy of the first half soon gives way to a tidal wave of entirely uncalled for sentimentality, this is still a laugh riot - the sight of our hero setting fire to his falsies never fails to amuse.

Although the broad comedy of the first half soon gives way to a tidal wave of entirely uncalled for sentimentality, this is still a laugh riot - the sight of our hero setting fire to his falsies never fails to amuse.