The first film on the Saturday Social Distancing Binge-A-Thon is a movie that I had not seen in quite awhile and one that I really liked. Will it hold up?
Dustin Hoffman played an actor who dresses as a woman to join a soap opera in the classic film, Tootsie.
As a fan of soap operas through most of my life, Tootsie checked that box for me. The performance of Dustin Hoffman is fantastic as he created a real and fascinating woman in Dorothy along with his male character Michael.
The story between Michael/Dorothy and Julie (Jessica Lange), the actress on the soap that Michael fell for, is one of the sweetest parts of the film. Julie’s father (Charles Durning) adds a nice level of ironic comedy. There are some great supporting performances from top notch actors including Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis, George Gaynes and Lynn Thigpen.
I do think that the one spot of the movie that is lacking was how easily it seemed that Michael took up being a woman. I would have liked to see some more problems with the transformation besides a rare stumble with his women’s shoes.
The rest of the film is just wonderful. The way the film looks at the differences between men and women and how they are treated differently in the world of entertainment.
The message of female empowerment is every bit as relevant today as it ever was before. Michael was not the best person and he learned how to be a better man by being a woman.