“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Not threatening enough? Listen, you take your hands off me or I’ll knee your balls right through the roof of your mouth! Is that enough of a threat?”
Much like Rodney Dangerfield, comedy movies get no respect. Sure, they can make good box office and comedy stars get massive pay cheques, but comedy movies rarely get high falutin’ awards or snooty critical recognition. So when one does break through, it’s a sign of something special. And because a lot of comedies rely on lazy pop culture references disguised as jokes, when one endures, it’s an even bigger sign. Over 30 years ago, Tootsie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. And all these years later, Tootsie is still revered as one of the best comedies in Hollywood history. So, does Tootsie deserve that reputation?
Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a struggling New York actor, going from one unsuccessful audition to the next. Making money on the side as a waiter and acting coach, he helps one of his friends / students (Teri Garr as Sandy) prepare for a soap opera audition. Not only does she miss out on the part, it also leads to Michael finding out that he’s been passed over for a Broadway role he thought he had a real shot at. While complaining to his agent (Sydney Pollack), who lets Michael know that the rest of showbiz sees him as a difficult pain in the ass, Michael takes it as a challenge to get a role, any role. (more…)