1982 was way before my time, so obviously I never got to see Tootsie in theaters. I saw it on Netflix recently, and I heard about how good it was and Dustin Hoffman has always been a great actor. Having him pretend to be a woman did sound really interesting.
Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a respected yet blacklisted actor. He takes his work very seriously, to the point where almost nobody wants to work with him. So any real work he has is coaching other actors. But even a perfectionist can starve without real work.
In a very desperate week, he adopts the persona of Dorothy Michaels. He gets a role on a soap opera. His character was supposed to be a stereotypical woman of the 1980s, but he plays her as a feisty feminist and the television producers love it.
Things get complicated when Michael Dorsey starts falling for his co-star Julie Nichols. His true identity is unknown to everyone on set. This allows Michael to learn things about Julie via his persona. But will Julie even give him the time of day when she learns the truth?
Overall, I really enjoyed watching Tootsie. Dustin Hoffman is brilliant and he’s so convincing as Dorothy Michaels that you could almost believe it yourself. It’s definitely one of the best aged comedies from the 1980s.