A few days ago, a seven-year-old girl from Oregon saved her mother’s life by administering the Heimlich maneuver. She probably learned that at school or from a friendly firefighter, right? Wrong! She learned it from Mrs. Doubtfire, the San Francisco-based tale of a well-meaning father who, after a messy divorce, embraces elderly drag to be in his children’s lives. Here are some other lessons that cinematic gem has taught us since its release in 1993.


Throwing a rager that involves a Kris Kross soundtrack and a cake-eating pony is a good litmus test for figuring out if you’re married to the right person or an over-reacting killjoy.



Fruit is not only a nutritional must, but also a good way to get revenge on fancy Englishmen who think they’re better than you.



MUNI drivers are supportive of your right to not shave your legs if you don’t feel like it. They are also supportive of you going home with them.



Sometimes it’s cathartic to call your ex and tell them what’s on your mind.



You should always subscribe to the kill two birds with one stone method of doing chores; it’s a perfect time to practice for your Fly Girl audition.


In addition to daintier pores, your skin care regimen can include indulging your sweet tooth and scaring the life out of an unsuspecting government worker.



Stop, drop, and roll is just the beginning of fire safety.



Never underestimate the power of a makeover.

Life Lessons We Learned from Mrs. Doubtfire 12 August,2014Emmanuel Hapsis

  • Isabelle Le

    giggled all the way through. Thank you.

  • Mindy Hapsis

    We’re his goddamn kids too!

  • Matt Branciforte

    why do you always make me out to be the heavy?!

  • Laura Hickman

    Carpe Dentum …seize the teeth!


Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis is the creator and editor of KQED Pop and also the host of The Cooler. He studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.

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