I, for one, find the movie touching. It is set on a very common ground in which most people can relate to; the emotions of the characters, the dynamic personality of characters, the family setting, the pains, the hardships, all the more is its relevance on reality. The movie has its ups and downs in terms of the story just like in any other movies but I must say, they have a good ending, for me at least. It’s because the movie is about hope, forgiveness, sacrifice and determination. It gives hope to other families experiencing the same things as in the movie. However, it gives false hopes to others as well in it’s open-ended story line. For that reason it gives it a flaw being an open ended movie.
Anyway, enough with the critique. Let’s review the story. The story revolves around an average family who typically go through normal things in the household and neighborhood. Daniel Hillard, the father, was a voice actor in a local TV network. The mother, Miranda Hillard, is an interior designer. They have three kids with 5 year old as the youngest. On the day of their son’s birthday, Daniel just quit his job and despite the bad grades of his son, without the consent of Miranda, they threw a birthday party for the boy. The reason for quitting his job was because he didn’t agree with the moral standards of these cartoons. He didn’t want to show his kids a bad example especially that they can watch the show on TV. When His wife got home after receiving a complaint from the neighbor, she go really mad and went on and got divorce. Living separately, the kid’s lives got miserable for being far away from their father. Their mother tried to get a nanny by putting up an ad and their father applied for it—in a nanny disguise. He asked his brother for help to make him look and act like a woman. It worked and he then applied as Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire. Eventually, he was hired. It took him a great deal of makeovers, talent in making different voices and hard work to get things done. It was good for a while—smooth flowing—and he got to be with his kids and be a father to them in a disguise—that’s all that matters to him. Eventually, his cover was blown by his two kids but they didn’t tell their younger sister because his cover will be blown when the kid speaks about him with their mom. The lying continued until he was invited by the family for dinner with Stu at the same time and restaurant where he was invited also for a business deal with a producer. His cover was blown when he gave a Heimlich Maneuver to his wife’s boyfriend, Stu. He was fire immediately but after a while, Miranda invited him to move back and join their family again— this time, as himself.
The ending was good though, a win-win situation. They became a whole family again, his wife accepted him back and before all that, he became a star of Lundy’s new television program, “Euphegenia’s House“. It quickly becomes the highest-rated program in its timeslot, creating the possibility that the show will be aired nationwide. I think that his attachment with his kids and his love to his wife was really rare and remarkable. He is really close with his kids—which rarely happens in this generation because of the fact that both the parents are working. His determination just to be with his kids for longer periods of time—that’s a lot of work to do and too much effort to pull off a thing like that—very risky!. It shows how he’s willing to go the extra mile for his family. Also, because of the situation, he became a dynamic character. From a carefree but loving father to a very fun but responsible one (as Mrs. Doubtfire). The situation made him a better example of a father to his children and on a side note, learned how to cook. And there is a present social construct or a twist of responsibility in the movie. The fact that the wife earns more than the husband is really not a regular site on the old days. It’s already a contemporary movie—one that shows the present reality and not a fictitious one. It’s an eye opener. And it’s really a good movie considering the inderlying message it tries to portray. The reality of am example of a good father—dynamically speaking— should be considered carefully.