Friday, October 25, 2002

toot ...toot...tootsie

We started watching Tootsie yesterday evening and there are good points to compare this with Mrs. Doubtfire, the like-themed Robin Williams vehicle. The transformation of Michael Dorsey to Dorothy Michaels is abrupt and the process employed is only detailed later. In the Williams film, however, the sequence of actions is reversed: I'm not sure which one works better, but Tootsie benefits from the potential reaction of surprise from the spectators as they see Dorothy Michaels for the first time, in New York traffic.

The cheesy "soapy" score mirrors the fact that Michael(s) is auditioning for (and later starring in) a soap opera. As for its viability outside the confines of the film -- sure, there are a lot of elevators in this country and overseas.

Pollack again rides his acting hobby horse by cameoing as Dorsey's agent, sharing some of the good lines in the film with Dustin Hoffman. Pollack's 1982 comedy got Jessica Lange a Supporting Actress (Actor: to be politically correct) Oscar.

The film ranked 82 in the AFI's list of the 100 funniest movies of all time.

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