‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Returns: The Haunting

A sure sign that an actor’s career is over is when they start doing sequels to movies that are almost 20 years old. Example: Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber To and Sylvester Stallone in Rambo 5 and Rocky: The Final Battle. (Stallone won the Oscar for the original and then milked it for decades.) Question for Sylvester Stallone: When will you do a sequel to Victory?

Imagine my joy today when I read that a sequel was going to be made of the Robin Williams classic Mrs. Doubtfire. Thank god — so many questions were left unanswered in the first Mrs. Doubtfire and I need closure.

The plan is to reunite the original star Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus to revisit the 1993 creepy comedy involving a man, who is essentially a stalker, going to the extreme of dressing like an old woman to further the stalking of his ex-wife and kids. (Shades of restraining order!) Mrs. Doubtfire was a battle cry for divorced dads everywhere: Don’t take “no” for an answer, even if there is a court ruling.

If you forgot how creepy the original Mrs. Doubtfire actually is, take a look at the movie trailer recut as a horror movie:

Full ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer Voids Any Hope For Funny Sequel

In the pantheon of somewhat amusing things run into the ground by an appalling fan base, the first Anchorman film certainly has a place of pride. Its admittedly enjoyable premise—satirizing the sexual mores of the 1970s with three-degrees less subtlety than Mad Men employs when mocking the 1960s—became something for fratty, Family Guy-watching bros to quote without the slightest sense of irony. Anchorman 2 should almost definitely make things worse.

Even for a sequel, the set-up here is drab: instead of the 1970s, it’s the 1980s, because times change and also they ran out of 1970s jokes in the first movie. The original news team—Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick, and maybe the newswoman played by Christina Applegate, if they remember—set out to create a 24-hour news channel, so expect lots of potshots at CNN. Thankfully, the network fully deserves them.

The flip side to this plot is Will Ferrell’s terminally-oblivious Ron Burgundy is dating a black woman, which gives him the opportunity to spout racist commentary at dinner with her extended family. Humor! What remains to be seen is which of the seemingly hundreds of cameos will be worst: the cast, according to IMDb, includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, none of whom exactly need to lend their name to trash like this. Okay, maybe Kanye. 

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