Directed by Sydney Pollack
I really do not find men dressed in drag to be that funny, even if it wasn't politically incorrect. It's just not a very smart joke in itself. Still, I laughed during the a few bits in the film despite myself.
Michael Dorsey is out of work actor, who can't find a job because of his notorious perfectionism. On a whim, he dresses as Dorothy Michaels and auditions for a role in a soap opera and gets it. Hilarity ensues. I mean, if you find it easier to get work as a woman than as a white man, you must really suck at being a person. Which I suppose he does.
Overall, it is a very silly film and one that I can't really defend against criticism. The romantic subplots are a bit upsetting, to say the least. I suppose we can look at this as a male gaining female perspective, but something tells me this character's selfishness wasn't resolved at the end of the movie. Still, Dustin Hoffman getting a taxi will always make me laugh.
Dustin Hoffman reportedly got help from Meryl Streep to give his voice right for the part.
Dorothy Michaels' breasts cost $175 each.