The last two movies on the AFI list were intense films: Saving Private Ryan and A Clockwork Orange. When I saw Tootsie was up next I was relieved to have a comedy. I watched it on a Saturday night after dealing with my washing machine which decided to flood my kitchen. My laundry room is located right above the kitchen so all the water crashed through the ceiling and invaded all of my cabinets and drawers. It was a mess. Trust me, when I sat down to watch the movie I needed a good laugh.
I will admit when I saw that this movie was on the AFI list I was somewhat baffled. Yes, I like the movie, but would I rank it in the top one hundred films—I didn’t think so. But I have to watch the movies according to the list so I popped it into the DVD.
One of the things I noticed first was this flick has a stellar cast: Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Dunning, Geena Davis, Bill Murray, and Sydney Pollack. I had forgotten all about them and only remembered the star: Dustin Hoffman. I started to rethink my attitude.
The movie is a comedy-drama about an actor (Dustin Hoffman) who is difficult to work with. He learns no one wants to work with him anymore so he resorts to drastic measures. He auditions for and gets a role on a soap opera. The hitch is everyone thinks he’s a woman. This provides for much humor. But the movie is more than that. It isn’t just one prank after another. There’s heart to the story, mixed with absurd situations, serious subject matter, and social commentary. I won’t say more in case there are some who haven’t seen it.
Hoffman is incredible in this film. The writing is spot on and the supporting cast is phenomenal. The movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Jessica Lange won for Best Supporting Actress. Hoffman was nominated for Best Actor but lost to Ben Kingsley who won for his role in Gandhi. After watching the film I can see why this movie is on the AFI list. It really is a good film. Up next is Unforgiven.
I would like to give a shout out to Geoff who has written a lovely review of my novel on his blog, The Oddness of Moving Things. And he posted his first podcast this weekend. It was a kick to actually hear his voice. We’ve been blogging buddies for so long and now I can put a voice to his words. Give it a listen. He did a great job for his first one!
Today on Making my Mark I had the pleasure of interviewing Jackie Cangro who is a blogging friend and author. I’ve been enjoying meeting and talking with authors on the new blog.
That’s all folks. Have a great day!