Daniel Hillard is a struggling father who loses his job in which he does ``voices`` for a cartoon. When he throws a surprise birthday party for his son, Chris, everything takes a turn for the worst. Daniel’s wife, Miranda, has had it with Daniel and wants a divorce. When the divorce hearings arrive, Daniel is denied custody of the children, but is allowed visitations. Seeing his children once a week isn’t enough, so Daniel pretends to be Mrs. Doubtfire, an old woman who is hired as the Hillard’s housekeeper. Daniel’s act turns out to be too good, however, and leads to disastrous consequences.