Cinema: Make 'Em Laugh! Make 'Em Pay!

Four new comedies blighten up the Christmas movie season

'Tis the season to mint money. Hollywood traditionally saves its big comedies for Christmas and, almost invariably, fills its stockings with hits. In 1980, for example, a trio of holiday comediesying home with their new video games. This season moviemakers are playing by the old rules, with bantamweight farces and mellow romantic comedies that are luring sizable audiences to the local Cineplex. The class comedy act is Tootsie, in which Dustin Hoffman winningly proves that an actor's life...

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