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Tootsie is an American film about an actor named Michael Dorsey struggling with unemployment. His problem is not lack of talent. However, he is unwilling to cooperate when he interprets his roles differently than the other people involved in the projects. In order to combat this issue, he goes job hunting as a woman he calls Dorothy Michaels.

In his female persona, he gets a job on a soap opera as a female hospital administrator. The character is played as a feminist and becomes a big success. As the job continues, Michael becomes attracted to Julie, an actress on the soap opera. After Julie tells Dorothy a pick-up line that would work on her, Michael, as his male self, tries to use the line on her. She throws a drink in his face. When the Dorothy persona tries to get closer to her, Julie tells her she has no romantic interest in women. Dorothy continues to be Julie's friend and becomes concerned with her involvement with their sexist director.

The Dorothy persona develops a fan base and admirers in her new life. One admirer is an actor on the soap named John Van Horn who follows Dorothy home and tries to pressure the actress into sex. Dorothy is also romantically pursued by Julie's father who goes so far as to propose marriage.

The character's popularity causes the soap to push for a longer run for Dorothy. When the show tapes a live episode, Michael takes the opportunity to create a scene where he reveals his character is a man who posed as a woman in a revenge plot.

The 1982 comedy starred Dustin Hoffman as Michael/Dorothy. The role of Julie was played by Jessica Lange. Dabney Coleman played the soap's sexist director named Ron Carlisle. Julie's father, Les Nichols, was played by Charles Durning. This film is listed as the second funniest movie by the American Film Institute.

PG
| 1982 | 1 hr 56 min | 7.4/10 | 88/100
Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman
Studio
Mirage
Director
Sydney Pollack
Language
English
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