Monday, January 9, 2017

MANNEQUIN (1987)

A dork loser (Andrew McCarthy), who somehow has a bad ass loft despite the fact he can't keep a job for over a week, gets a job at a large downtown department store and soon falls in love with a 5,000 year-old woman (Kim Cattrall) who's possessed a mannequin.  And she with him.  Catch is...only he can see her as a real person.  Everybody else just thinks that he's a nutjob molesting a mannequin, but they tolerate him because he (and his mannequin muse) create new and exciting window displays that bring in some much needed customers.  They also attract the attention of a rival department store boss that wants to know the secret to Andrew's newfound success.

That story is dumb as hell, but...hey!  This is the 1980's we're talking about.  Despite the silliness of it all, MANNEQUIN still works as a goofy, light-hearted comedy mainly thanks to good casting and performances that were wacky, but not too wacky.  For me, the most memorable character was the hilariously flamboyant window dresser Hollywood Montrose (played brilliantly by Meshach Taylor).

Eye-watering 80's fashions, a few funny moments, G.W. Bailey looking like he walked directly off the set of a POLICE ACADEMY movie and onto the set of this movie, music montage with lots of costume changes and 80's dancing, R.L. Ryan from STREET TRASH, Kim Cattrall looking good but not as good as she did in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, a cute bulldog, James Spader making funny faces.

Overall, MANNEQUIN is an enjoyable 80's timewaster, but it never answers the question as to what would happen if somebody walked in on Andrew and Kim having sex?  Would she instantly seal up and rip his dick off??!

Part 2 - Mannequin: On the Move (1991)