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11/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the Best 'Man-In-Drag' Comedies

One out of maybe three times I can recall where the 'man-in-drag' story actually works. It's not wacky fun like 'Some Like It Hot', nor is it a one man comedic show like 'Mrs. Doubtfire'. 'Tootsie' manages to find a good balance between what worked in both of these films. The characters and situations are well written and performed. Everyone delivers solid jokes and none of them feel too cliche for this type of story. Sure, you have the inevitable scenes involving men falling for the main character, him going after a woman of his own, and the 'big reveal' moment. These scenes don't feel as forced or cliche and a few of them are funny. The only part that bothers me is the rushed resolution. A quick, lackluster conclusion following a memorable reveal. There's still plenty of good l...

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08/08/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Is he coming back?"

In Tootsie, Sydney Pollack and Dustin Hoffman achieve the highly improbable: a mainstream, studio comedy that is also a great movie (for another example, see the following year's Terms of Endearment). Hoffman was still at his peak (before his late-period foray into dazed overacting), and delivers an astonishingly nuanced performance. He somehow manages to be hilarious while still having to be reasonably convincing as a woman (unlike, say, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, who are deliberately caricatured and unbelievable). Bill Murray (in an unbilled part) is in his best deadpan-witty mode. And while Jessica Lange does well as the girl for whom no one could be blamed for falling, Teri Garr deserved Lange's Oscar. Her performance (not unlike Hoffman's) succeeds in evoki...

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