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Tootsie (SE)
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03.06.2008 By: Sturdy
Tootsie (SE) order
Director:
Sydney Pollack

Actors:
Dustin Hoffman
Jessica Lange
Teri Garr

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A struggling actor creates a female alter ego to land a job on a popular soap opera. He quickly finds himself involved with the castsí lives and tangled in a lie he canít get out of.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TOOTSIEís greatness and popularity stem directly from the fantastic performance of its lead actor, Dustin Hoffman. After watching some of his recent bombs, itís easy to forget that Hoffman used to be an amazing actor and has played some of the great characters in movie history. Although TOOTSIE is not my favorite film of his, itís still a good movie with a great performance.

Despite the potential for social commentary, TOOTSIE, much like the later MRS. DOUBTFIRE, stays clear of the social issues and tries to be just what you think it is; a simple story of a guy dressing like a woman. Itís not going to dive into the homosexual undertone or get too far involved with the womanís rights issues at the time. Those explorations would distract from the fact thereís a guy dressed like a girl on screen. Itís not necessarily a bad thing, but TOOTSIE shouldnít be taken too seriously.

What TOOTSIE does do well is wrap several heartfelt relationships into a small package. The relationships he makes as a woman are what drives the film and push it to the next level. Hoffman is so convincing as Dorothy that you start to forget heís a he. That speaks volumes for the film and the acting ability of Mr. Hoffman.

As many hits as TOOTSIE has, it also has a few misses. I couldíve done without the cheesy 80ís montage and I think they took her fame too far. But those are two things that probably had more to do with the time the movie was made than with the creative decisions. Even with those minor complaints, TOOTSIE is still a fun film and after repeat viewings, I still enjoy it.
THE EXTRAS
A Better Man: The Making of Tootsie (68:54): This is an extensive featurette about the making of TOOTSIE. It was nice because it intermixed old interviews with new interviews with the cast and crew. Dustin Hoffman gives a lot of time and some great tidbits about the movie. There are some clichťs sprinkled throughout (comedy is harder than drama, etc.) but overall this was pretty enjoyable.

Deleted Scenes (8:12): I always love deleted scenes from old films. It feels like weíre being let in on a secret or something. These were actually pretty enjoyable and gave some more back story to Dustinís character. However, they werenít funny, which is probably why they were cut.

Dustin Hoffman: Screen Test Footage (2:40): Wow, this was a rare treat. Supposedly this is the first time showing Hoffman as Dorothy. He didnít have the voice down and the mannerisms were a little masculine, but the talent is definitely there.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I fear that younger audiences may not appreciate TOOTSIE since the idea of a man dressing like a woman in todayís society has a much different meaning today than it did in the early 80ís. Even if it hasnít aged very well, TOOTSIE is still a cute film with some great performances.
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