Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tootsie (1982)

Ah, one of my favorites. This Sydney Pollack-directed comedy makes funny with the gender politics when difficult diva actor Michael Dorsey (still-relevant Dustin Hoffman) makes like a real diva when he decides to try out for a soap opera role . . . a woman's role. Dorothy Michaels becomes a feminist icon, and the movie itself actually has some cool and progressive things to say about what Kaja Silverman calls "heteropathic identification." But trust me--with a supporting cast that includes Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman and Charles Durning, the movie is a lot funnier than that phrase might suggest.

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