How the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" showed the changed attitude towards biological parents
That a lunatic as played by Robin Williams should have even been cast as "the hero" in a movie made in 1993 is incredible. And since attitudes have changed so much in the past twenty years, you have to see it from the perspective of what attitudes were before then.
There are several adopted children in my family. I am, of course, not related to them by blood, but they are my family, so I have tried to track down their family, usually unsuccessfully. There is a reason for this. Before the era of "Mrs. Doubtfire", children who were adopted were completely disassociated with their biological parents. It was for "the good of the children" not to know anything about their biological parents. Information was locked up. And the locked up information worked against the biological parents, who may have wanted to see their children again.
So people had always gone to extremes if they wanted to see their biological parents, or their children. And you can't say "real parents" because your real parents were your adopted parents, remember? And if you can imagine the yearning that people had to be reunited with their children, you can see that it had been a very volatile situation, that many times ended up with confrontations and violence.
People do stupid things. They go to jail, they do drugs, or whatever, and they lose custody of their children. And in the vast majority of the cases, it is best to have a child raised by someone else. But the idea that a biological parent should be totally erased is so far away from what we believe in now, it's hard to imagine.
And the corner turned with the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire", when society began to doubt the wisdom of trying to erase something that can't be erased - the love between a parent and a child.
Posted by Brad Hall