Mrs Doubtfire: Rocking out and cleaning up

Mrs Doubtfire: Rocking out and cleaning up

Mrs Doubtfire: Rocking out and cleaning up

The late, great Robin Williams treated audiences to many unforgettable characters during his long and varied career, from Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning, Vietnam, to the Genie in Disney favourite Aladdin.

In 1994, we saw Williams give one of his most memorable performances as the title character in Mrs Doubtfire. In one of the film's stand-out sequences, the actor's trademark energy shines through as he rocks out while performing some household chores.

Rocking around the house
In the movie, Williams plays struggling actor and father of three Daniel Hillard, who loves his kids but isn't the most responsible father figure. After a birthday party for his son Chris gets out of control, Daniel's wife Miranda files for divorce and he faces the prospect of losing contact with his children.

When he learns that Miranda is planning to hire a housekeeper to look after the kids, Daniel decides that dressing up as an elderly woman to take on the job himself is the perfect way to spend more time with his family.

Despite his impressive appearance - supplied by his brother Frank, a make-up artist - Daniel initially struggles with the reality of looking after a large home and three children. However, he gradually improves his household skills, as we see in a hilarious montage of his (or her) daily chores.

To the tune of Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)', Mrs Doubtfire does vacuum cleaning as we've never seen it done before, strutting, twirling and posing like a rock star on stage. She then puts on a similar performance with a broom, showing off some spectacular broom-guitar skills in time with the song's solo.

The impressive dancing is intercut with scenes of Daniel as Mrs Doubtfire spending quality time with the children and learning to cook, showing how he is improving his paternal skills while enriching his kids' lives.

As the story goes on, of course, Daniel's ruse is eventually uncovered and he must find a way to have a relationship with his family without pretending to be someone else.

One of many special performances

The central performance in Mrs Doubtfire now seems like one that only Robin Williams could give - striking exactly the right balance between screwball comedy and the emotion required to make us root for Daniel.

It is one of many great turns the actor will be remembered for, with other highlights including his roles in Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Awakenings and The Fisher King.

Williams' electric performance helped to make Mrs Doubtfire a huge hit. It brought in more than $441 million at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest grossing movie in the year of its release, behind only Jurassic Park.

The film received a lukewarm critical reception at first, but has stuck around as a family favourite and featured on the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Laughs list of America's funniest movies.

Here at Aurora, we don't expect much singing and dancing from our professional cleaners, but you can rest assured they will do an excellent job of keeping your premises clean and presentable.

Posted by Julie Tucker