Tootsie (1982)


“Dr Brewster tried to seduce several nurses in this unit, claiming to be the throes of an uncontrollable impulse. Do you know what? I’m going to give every nurse on this floor an electric cattle prod and instruct them to just zap them in his badubies! ” – Dorothy Michaels

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, and 9 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A unemployed actor decides to dress up as a woman in order to get a job.

My Take on it –  This is such an amazing film because it manages to create a story that remains relevant no matter when you watch it.

The battle between the sexes for work and the way that sometimes work places discriminate one way or another is not a new idea and this film tries to show how it could affect an out of work actor seeking to find a way to find a steady acting job.

This film works on so many levels and keeps things both interesting and entertaining the entire time.

Dustin Hoffman is superb in the dual leading roles and helps keep things very convincing no matter which role he takes on.

The supporting cast is amazing and they are all wonderful because they add so many new dimensions to the story itself.

The two standouts in supporting roles are Sydney Pollack as Hoffman’s agent and Jessica Lange as an actress who befriends Hoffman’s character.

The script itself moves along at a great pace and remains witty and fun the entire time.

With recent events in Hollywood, this film once again points out many of the flaws in the way Hollywood (and the entertainment industry as a whole) works.

It’s quite sad that not much has changed in 35+ years tho.

This film managed to be nominated for 10 Oscars yet only won Best Supporting Actress for Lange despite the fact that it was able to win Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical at the Globes that year.

Bottom Line – Great film that works on numerous levels. Hoffman is superb in the dual roles and is quite convincing in both of them. The supporting cast is perfectly chosen with Pollack standing out as Hoffman’s agent and Lange as an actress who he befriends. The script is fun and witty and works the entire time despite the premise seeming to be a bit crazy.  This film is still very relevant today after more than 35 years and says so much about how Hollywood (and the entertainment industry on a whole) has worked for years without much changes. Was nominated for 10 Oscars yet only managed to win Best Supporting Actress for Lange.  It did win Best Musical or Comedy Film at the Golden Globes that year tho. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sydney Pollack had originally wanted Dabney Coleman to play Dustin Hoffman’s agent. During a conversation that Hoffman had with Pollack, Hoffman wanted to know what forced his character to wear a dress and pretend to be a woman. Pollack’s response was that, if he didn’t, he would never work again. Hoffman replied that he wouldn’t put on a dress if Coleman told him he would never work again, because Coleman was a fellow actor, and he wouldn’t believe him. Because Pollack was the director, Hoffman insisted, he would convince Hoffman to wear a dress. Pollack still refused to play the part, so Hoffman sent him red roses every day with the note, “Please be my agent. Love, Dorothy” until Pollack agreed to take the role.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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