Thursday, April 3, 2008

Male Fraud: Tootsie

In the tradition of such amazing movies like Some Like It Hot, this is a classic, very funny cross-dressing comedy about acting and how much someone would go to pursue it. Dustin Hoffman is Michael Dorsey, a down-and-out actor living in New York City. His big break comes when he decides to audition for a soap opera as a woman. This proves for some huge laughs, but the humor grows tiresome after awhile as Hoffman's lady portrayal is great, but loses it's sauce. Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, and Dabney Coleman provide good support, but it is the director Sydney Pollack that pushes this movie over the hilarity barrier, with his historic scene-stealing role as Michaels' agent, with a great final scene that makes the movie come full circle. Witty screenwriting, Hoffman's good touch, Pollack's great touch in front and behind the camera, and the perfect amount of irony and comparison make this movie a film to remember. A

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