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Mrs. Doubtfire: Family Movie Assessment

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Mrs. Doubtfire: Family Movie Assessment

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1Mrs. Doubtfire: Family Movie AssessmentFebruary , 2018
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2Mrs. DoubtfireIn this paper we will be discussing the family values, child rearing, responsibilities and socialization of a family based on the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire. The film portrays the story of a family and a slice of their life as they are going through a difficult time.Movie Setting and Story The movie is based on an upper middle class family and how it adapts itself to the changing scenario of their family in 1990’s San Francisco (Williams et al., 1993). The parents, Daniel and Miranda are going through an acrimonious divorce and very soon we come across a courtroom scene where the custodies of their children are being decided. From then on, the movie narrates the story of a divorced man, Daniel, who in spite of being a gifted voice artist is afailure at work due to his incompetence and fickle minded behavior. His attitude towards life is very casual, much to the dismay of his wife Miranda, who works hard and likes to climb the ladder of success in very little time. Daniel’s world is not properly organized much like his family, but amidst all the chaos, his love for his family, his wife, his children are pure and he cannot live away from then even for a day. Miranda despises this behavior, it frustrates her, she wants to have peaceful life with a good job, but Daniel fails to provide her both. Miranda gets full custody of the kids and Daniel can only visit them once a week. Soon, he comes to know thathis wife is looking for a baby sitter ,this compels him to disguises himself with the help of his brother to look like a 60 years old redoubtable Mrs .Doubtfire to apply for the job. Mrs. Doubtfire gets the job after an interview with Miranda. As Mrs. Doubtfire , Daniel is a strict guardian who forces his children to do homework and punishes them if they do not abide by his rules , very different from his behavior as an ever loving father who could even hire a private zoo for his son’s birthday to make him happy. Soon his tough but caring nature makes the
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3children like him, they improve their grades and Daniel learns to have a better lifestyle through them. He learns to cook, clean house and take care of the family, things he have always neglected. Although his wife starts dating someone, he stays around and tries to mislead his wife and sabotage the relationship. But after sometime, his children find out his identity, they are thrilled by the presence of their father in their life but at the same time decide to keep it a secret from their mother. All this finally leads to a climactic comic set piece where both Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire has to be in same restaurant meeting different people, but as evening passes, alcohol gives away his identity. Miranda finds out and report to the court. Daniel loses his custody rights in court. In absence of Daniel/ Mrs. Doubtfire, Miranda understands his importance in her and her children’s life so in spite of being separated she agrees for a joint custody of their children.Assessment of Movie FamilyThe movie is set in San Francisco where Miranda has a steady job of designing apartments (Maslin J, 1993). She is quite good at her job and thus earns the appreciation of not only the bossbut other clients as well. She is a hard working woman, who is organized and ambitious and surprisingly the sole breadwinner of the family. Daniel in spite of being a good voice artist cannot keep his job. His carless attitude drives Miranda to finally ask for divorce. Both parents love their children, but Miranda stays away for work most of the time, thus the children are moreclose to their father. All three children are well behaved; they go to school and are in good healththroughout the movie. Movie does not show any interaction of them with any friends, apart from the first birthday party scene. Although the children did not like babysitter’s presence and dominance but they quietly obey her. They also seem to like mother’s new boyfriend and shows no rebellion. Miranda displays the character of strong independent woman who tries hard to have
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