Friday, June 16, 2006

Tootsie (1982) by Sydeny Pollack

Sydney Pollack’s 1982 film Tootsie is a comedy that should be viewed by all. This 119 minutes film grossed over $177 million in box offices and had 9 Oscar nominations, with a Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) who is an unemployed actor back steps into an audition after his friend Sandy was dismissed. Dorsey embraces the southern grandma character roll for a Daytime Soap Opera show perfectly and is quick to change his life after getting the role of Dorothy Michaels.

Genna Davis’s debut in this film with an exercise scene in bra and small silky underwear might grab those looking for a little sizzle. Dorsey is quick to realize what women endure to be beautiful, oh forget that, just to be woman.

Bill Murray and Dabney Coleman bring life into the twisted drama of a man pretending to be a woman in everyday life. An engagement and broken up love twist add to the humor of this film.

After ratings soared on the Daytime soap, Dorothy’s contract is renewed and the pressure of being a woman 24-7 is enough for Michael Dorsey. He quickly schemes to change the dramatic scene on live television that will end his role as Dorothy forever..

Pollack does an excellent job bring viewers into this film with personal associations. The scenes were simple but utilized well. Camera angles and lighting was utilized well to accent the film. The laughter will never stop in this film and is a must see in my book!

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1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

Your comment about Geena Davis in the flick raises the issue: is she ever clothed fully in the film? Or is she always in her underwear? And what does that say about the film's portrayal of women if you look at her and Jessica Lange's character--both passive, sexual females in contrast to Dorothy and the producer of the soap opera--both middle aged, unattractive and powerful.