“Tootsie” stars Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, and Geena Davis. It’s directed by Sydney Pollack (The Firm, Random Hearts, Three Days of the Condor) and the screenplay is written by Murray Schisgal.

Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a character actor who has a bad reputation for being a hard person to work with. Unable to find a job, he disguises himself as an older woman by the name of Dorthy Michaels in a soap opera and becomes famous. He falls in love with Julie Nichols, the leading actress in the soap opera series he stars in. The only problem with this is that she is unaware of the fact that Dorthy Michaels is really a man.

This film was surprisingly nominated for a total of ten Oscar Nominations, including Best Picture. However, the movie only won the Best Actress award. There are many problems that I had with “Tootsie”. One is the music bothered me. Another is the soap opera feel that the movie has. I know I mentioned before I am not a fan of soap operas. Some of the scenes felt drawn out and could have been cut shorter. A sometimes funny, but not hilarious, film that has so much talent that doesn’t shine.

Dustin Hoffman gives a priceless performance. The fact that he was nominated is a win all it’s own. With such a talented cast, you would expect it to be much funnier. A good story told in a style I don’t care for. The editing could have used some work, but it was entertaining for the most part. The supporting performances were on par, but I was looking forward to more laughs on their part. Dustin Hoffman delivered none the less.

I would recommend it for a rent, considering that it is adored by many and was nominated for many Oscars. It’s just not Oscar material to me. It has nothing really special other than the courageous and convincing performance by Dustin Hoffman. It mixes comedy, romance and drama into one, making it hard for me to decide what it was really trying to be. Watch it for Dustin Hoffman’s act alone.

2 thoughts on “Tootsie”

  1. Aw, I like Tootsie. But then again, I’ve seen it a few times over the years. I can see it being a little dated for someone watching it for the first time.

    And considering it takes place largely on a soap opera, I think that may have been part of its humor. (And Bill Murray’s supporting role I also really enjoy!)

  2. I disagree with your review. You have to watch this movie for the time it was made, not with todays standards. It was fun and funny! Plus Dustin Hoffman in a dress, he’s right up there with Robert DiNero in a dress in Stardust!

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