The 80’s film that time forgot
Director: Michael Gottlieb
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Catrall, James Spader
An out of work sculptor falls in love with a mannequin. Seriously, what more could you want from a film?
Jonathan Switcher (McCarthy) gets fired from every job he attempts but when he sees a mannequin in a shop window that he previously made whilst working at a factory his life changes forever. After inadvertently saving the life of the store owner he manages to get a job at there as a window dresser and seems to develop an unhealthy attachment to his creation. Then, as luck would have it, Switcher is saved from looking like a total pervert when his mannequin comes to life. But there’s a catch – he’s the only one who can see her in her non-mannequin form. Hilarity ensues.
What really makes this film so enjoyable is the support cast. James Spader (Pretty in Pink) is magnificent as Switcher's slimy boss who is in league with a rival department store, as is G. W Malley (Police Academy) as Spader’s security guard minion whilst Meshach Taylor is a store employee named Hollywood who seems to accept Switcher's mannequin loving ways rather too quickly. In fact, with everything that’s going on in the film it soon becomes easy to ignore the plot holes and Catrall’s acting. There’s even a montage of outfit changes! In my opinion, one of the best films of the decade: Mannequin is unforgettable.
And good news.... there’s a Mannequin 2.