Comedy Film Festival 2012


Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie" (Columbia, 1982)

Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie” (Columbia, 1982)

“Tootsie” (Columbia, 1982). This classic 1980s romantic comedy is still as great as ever. Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an out of work actor with a reputation for being difficult. In an act of desperation, Michael decides to audition for a role in a soap opera dressed in drag using the name Dorothy Michaels. He (well, Dorothy) not only gets the role, “she” becomes a national sensation. Things get even more complicated when Michael/Dorothy begins to fall in love with his/her beautiful co-worker Julie (played by Jessica Lange) and Julie’s father begins to fall in love with Dorothy. The hilarious supporting cast includes Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Sydney Pollack (who also directed the film), and Geena Davis (her first feature film). Written by Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal. Directed by Sydney Pollack. “I was a better man with you as a woman than I ever was with a woman as a man.”