Andrew McCarthy plays a department store window dresser. One night, whilst working on a window, one of the mannequins comes to life and is in fact a woman (Kim Catrall) from ancient Egypt. This woman then inspires him to create the most amazing window displays (and fall in love with her), prompting a rival store to find out where the ideas are coming from. The theme tune by Starship 'Noting's Gonna Stop Us Now' was nominated for an Oscar.
Made in 1987, Mannequin
represents everything that was naff about late-80s Hollywood: from its bland, boxy, electro-rock soundtrack to its sub-Sarah Ferguson fashion sense to its tawdry sets, flimsy characterisation and cheap slapstick humour (including the mandatory amusing dog). It might be centuries before its radioactive awfulness dies down enough to make it watchable, even as kitsch. Mannequin
is notionally a romantic comedy in which Andrew McCarthy plays a luckless department store employee and Kim (Sex and the City
) Cattrall is an Egyptian Princess reincarnated as a shop window dummy, who comes to life when she encounters McCarthy, only to revert to mannequin status when anyone but McCarthy is watching her. With her encouragement, he becomes emboldened in his career as a window decorator as well as falling in love with the Princess. James Spader's oily, stammery executive is just one of the many examples of a film that tries way too hard to be funny, the sort of characterisation that would be barely adequate for a comic TV ad, let alone a 90-minute movie. Still, for fans of Sex and the City
who might want to feast upon the spectacle of a younger Kim Cattrall, Mannequin
might offer a measure of relief.
On DVD: Mannequin on disc has just the original trailer as an extra, while no amount of DVD enhancement can conceal the tawdry feel of this movie. --David Stubbs