AFI 100 Progress: Tootsie
“I don’t believe in hell. I believe in UNEMPLOYMENT, but not hell.”
With Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr and Bill Murray.
For my money, acting doesn’t get any better than what Dustin Hoffman was able to accomplish between 1967 (The Graduate) and 1989 (Rain Man), and anything following that is just gravy. Tootsie is another shining example. Not only is it quite funny, but it also has a lot to say about relationships and gender roles in our society. It’s a little fluffy and sit-comish at times (especially that bubbly score), and most of it doesn’t really make sense. Seriously, how does someone get a job without any form of identification? All things aside, its cornball nature is really quite endearing. Jessica Lange won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role but I have no idea how voters chose her over Teri Garr, who gave the far more hilarious standout performance. I suppose it has a lot to do with Lange being more of a “name” actress at the time, but I thought she gave a pretty bland performance in a rather clichéd role. Oh well, that’s just one more example of why I don’t put a lot of stock into the Oscars.
RIYL: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Associate, old Dustin Hoffman movies, sitcoms from the 80s and 90s.