For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
Tootsie was nothing like what I expected, yet it was fantastic. Why I’ve never seen this film before is beyond me. Dustin Hoffman is just incredible in this film. I’ve always respected his acting abilities- particularly in ‘All the President’s Men’ – but this is an entirely different story. He pulls the weight of the film plus some. He plays a struggling actor who can’t get work because everyone in town knows he can be difficult to work with. Frustrated, he dresses as a woman and wins a role on a television soap. Of course he falls for an actress on the show- and antics ensue. It doesn’t really hit the mark as far as the social implications it is trying to express of being a strong woman in the 80’s – mainly because our example is actually a man. But it is an interesting take on how Dustin Hoffman’s character Michael is given perspective on who he is as a man. There’s a lot of charm and funny moments. I’m not entirely sure why it’s on the top 100 list, but it’s a barrel of fun.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: