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Some Like It Hot & Tootsie

When: Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 2013

Why has this pair of cross-dressing comedies—Some Like It Hot and Tootsie—remained hilarious and popular even in an age when LGBTQ is becoming more mainstream? Well, some men in dresses are just always funny. But more to the point, both films are willing to go to some subversive places that modern films aren't. Billy Wilder's 1959 film Some Like It Hot, in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon hide from the mob as lady singers and Curtis falls for Marilyn Monroe, is filled with some of the naughtiest double-entendres in cinema, and it gets big laughs out of sending up Curtis and Monroe's glamorous images. It also has the single best last line of any film, which we won't spoil here. Meanwhile, Tootsie, made almost a quarter-century later, wrings laughs not so much from Dustin Hoffman's gender transformation (which remains strangely convincing) but from his character's fastidious dedication to his transformation. The film satirizes the changing values and reserved sexism of society at that time, but it's also a dead-on parody of actors, directors and the double standards of the entertainment industry. Though Tootsie went through constant rewrites and almost wasn't made, the result was a huge success—and Hoffman recently admitted that it forced him to see how he himself had been objectifying women for years. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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