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SUBJECTS — Drama (Stage); U.S./1945 - 1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Romantic Relationships;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating: PG; Comedy; 1982; 119 minutes; Color.
A Broadway actor can't get parts because he's difficult to work with. To prove his prowess as an actor, he tries out for a woman's role in a soap opera. He gets the part, becomes a star, falls in love with his female co-star, and lives a double life until ....
Tootsie is about a man becoming a better man by experiencing what it's like to be a woman. The film explores the different ways in which people conduct themselves and perceive life, based on their gender. It also leads viewers to think about some of the differences and similarities between men and women.
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The lives of the vast majority of actors are quite difficult. Jobs are extremely scarce. Most actors make their living through employment unrelated to acting, such as waiting on tables in a restaurant. (There is a lot of truth to the saying that being an actor is the state of being unemployed.) Many actors spend the money that is not needed for bare subsistence on classes: acting classes, dance classes, fencing classes etc. Before he became a star, Dustin Hoffman was an actor in New York for many years. To support himself, he taught acting classes and took menial jobs. He also developed a reputation for being hard to work with.
The Learning Guide to the film Tootsie contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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