It’s a gender-bending double-feature, as The Unenthusiastic Critic is introduced to two of the greatest American comedies of all time.
This week, Nakea and Michael are talking about Hollywood’s long history of putting men in dresses, before settling down for Nakea’s first viewing of Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie. Among a lot of other topics, the conversation covers the great cross-dressing conspiracy, the limitations of male empathy, the beauty of finding your drag soul-mate, and the question of whether—given the recent allegations—Dustin Hoffman really learned anything during his brief stint as a woman.
0:00: Prologue (Dustin Hoffman, 2012 AFI Interview about Tootsie)
0:59: Introduction and Theme Music (“Warm Duck Shuffle” by Arne Huseby)
1:32: Overview Discussion: Movies About Men in Dresses
15:15: Cultural Osmosis I: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Some Like It Hot
23:44: The Verdict I: Post-Viewing Discussion of Some Like It Hot
43:56: Cultural Osmosis II: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Tootsie
50:53: The Verdict II: Post-Viewing Discussion of Tootsie
1:23:19: Outro and Next Week’s Movie
Notes and Links
—Films discussed: Some Like It Hot (directed by Billy Wilder, United Artists, 1959) and Tootsie (directed by Sydney Pollack, Columbia Pictures, 1982).
—Interviews Discussed: Dustin Hoffman On Tootsie And His Character Dorothy Michaels, AFI.com; Teri Garr, AVClub.com; Dave Chapelle, Oprah.
—Articles Discussed: “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs,” afi.com; “Why Some Like It Hot is the Greatest Comedy Ever Made,” Nicholas Barber, bbc.com; “Some Like It Hot,” David Eldridge, loc.gov.
—Horrifying Video Discussed: Giuliani and Trump from the Mayor’s Inner Circle Press Roast, 2000
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—”Warm Duck Shuffle” by Arne Huseby is licensed under CC BY 3.0.