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Tootsie Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray, Sydney Pollack

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In this fun cross-dressing comedy, Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a troubled actor, who can't find a job. He then decides to dress as a woman named Dorothy, and get a role on a soap opera. He then falls in loves with his lovely co-star, Julie, who likes Dorothy, and has a crush on Michael. It all goes upside-down as Michael tries to figure out who he really is. A actor without a job or a popular soap opera star? This film is brilliantly written, and shows how people can go to great lengths to get a job. Hoffman is wonderful, with Jessica Lange doing very well as his love interest. Bill Murray is also great in his pre-Ghostbusters days.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison




Michael Dorsey (Hoffman), an actor with a reputation for being hard to work with, is out of work. In desperation, he disguises himself as an older woman, "Dorothy Michaels," to land a steady job on a TV soap opera. Suddenly, he's -- or rather, she's -- a star! Unfortunately, he falls in love with the leading actress on the series, Julie (Lange), while fending off the advances of lecherous old actor Les (Durning), nicknamed "The Tongue" by all the women, and Julie's father. How can he reveal himself to Julie after having become so established as outspoken southern belle Dorothy? This utterly delightful 1982 comedy included Dabney Coleman as the chauvinistic director, Bill Murray as Michael's roommate Jeff, the real director of the film Sydney Pollack in a couple of terrific scenes as Michael's befuddled agent, Gene Shalit and Andy Warhol as themselves, and the scantily-clad film debut of young Geena Davis. Oddly, Lange took home an Oscar, but Hoffman and Garr, who were among the other 9 nominations the film received, did not.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



Script Analysis of Tootsie

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   s/he is a he/she Poverty story?    -   Yes How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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