Just so happens that last night on TV was a movie that I really love. I must have first saw it as a kid and it was like a fairytale movie for me and so I attempted to share the joy of this movie with my kids.
Made in the late 80’s, Andrew McCarthy plays Jonathan Switcher, a young artist, who doesn’t seem to keep a job. But when he builds a mannequin, he makes it so perfect, he falls in love with it. It is the first thing he has made that makes him feel like a real artist.
The mannequin ends up in the window of a big department store. When he saves the life of an old lady who happens to be the owner of that store, he is rewarded by getting a job at the store as stock boy. Later the mannequin comes to life as Emmy, who was an ancient Egyptian living in the year 2514BC. The two redesign the window display to make it most eye catching in town. The thing is only Jonathan can see her alive so their relationship causes much scandal and rumor.
James Spader plays a villain in this movie trying to get the owner of the store to sell. So obviously, he considers Jonathon a threat.
He delivers a great performance. You honestly hate him and root him to lose. However Spader has all the great lines. In his hilarious pursuit to find out what is going on at the store he says, “You people who work at night scare me.”
Emmy is played by Kim Cattrell. So yes even the mannequin is hot. And sexy…. Oh Kim you are so bad ass even as a mannequin.
So during the movie, the rival department store’s attempts to drive the good guys out of business, and together the two store-crossed lovers must combat the forces of evil to save the day.
Despite being scared of mannequin and jealous of their stiff perfect bodies, Mannequin was pretty awesome to me. It was a fairy tale for a guy. Its not Oscar worthy of course but it’s cute and sometimes that’s all you need. A cute fun story. It was funny with the weird supporting cast.
For instance like the gay and crazy Hollywood who helps Jonathan throughout the movie.
The thing to remember was this movie was made in the 80’s. It should be considered a classic because it has all the elements to make for a memorable experience but also that personification of the 80’s era.
This is Andrew McCarthy in one of the roles that solidified him as a 80’s icon. This is a movie gem for those who like their love stories in a 80’s wrapper.
What is more awesome is that such a critic unfriendly movie with a mixture of silliness and an odd love story can still show heart and soul: a recipe for movie magic!