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081: Mrs. Doubtfire & Blade Runner 2049

Maximilian Rivera October 9, 2017
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By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

PremiseAfter a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children —  who are in the custody of his ex-wife.

Rotten Tomatoes ​Score: 71%

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This week we’re talking about Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Lawrence, and Lisa Jakub.  Mrs. Doubtfire was a huge hit at the time with audiences, and fared favorably with critics, as well. It makes sense, the film perfectly showcases the humor and emotional deliveries Robin Williams is beloved for.

We found that, while the movie has aged contextually, it holds up pretty well. We did, however, take some reservations with a few of the jokes that haven’t aged well.

In this episode:

  • HBO’s The Deuce
  • Poldark, season 3
  • Rick and Morty
  • Blade Runner
  • We get really lost discussing the future of streaming, cable, and subscription TV.

Questions we ask:

  • How good is Robin Williams?
  • No, seriously, how good is he?
  • Does waiting until halfway through the film to humanize Sally Field’s character hurt the film?
  • Could this film be made today?
  • What jokes have just aged poorly?

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We end the episode with a little discussion on Blade Runner 2049, where we both talk our love for the original film as well as this new sequel.

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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