Whither the screwball comedy? The belief that silly, fancifully contrived farce can sneak in serious ideas? Tootsie is, insane as it sounds, the ideal movie to revisit as Hollywood's sexual harassment skeletons come tumbling out of the closet, as it's about a narcissistic actor who learns what actresses deal with. The result illustrates its thesis—both in the smart ways it intends and the dated ways it doesn't.
Simply one of the best American comedies ever filmed filled with memorable moments and dialogue with a cast of pros that score throughout. Hoffman may be the focus but Durning, Lange, Garr, Murray, Gaynes and Pollack all score equally well. This is a film that offers a comic turn on the power of acting, the feminine persona and relationships in an entertaining yet mature manner. '...Does Jeff know?...'