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Mannequin (1987)

Directed by Michael Gottlieb

Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader

Jonathan Switcher (McCarthy) has been fired from every job he’s ever had. He’s a self-proclaimed sculptor who’s built a mannequin and fallen in love with her. When she ends up in the display window of a department store, Jonathan is lucky enough to get a job there. When he does, he learns that his mannequin can come to life whenever they’re alone. She’s the embodied spirit of Emmy (Cattrall), an ancient Egyptian princess who loves to create as much as Jonathan. As the two create new and wonderful window displays for the store they come closer together and find themselves hiding from people who want to end their success.

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This isn’t the kind of movie I can easily associate with the Academy Awards. Still, in 1988 the movie was a nominee for Best Original Song thanks to the Starship hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. This song might be the best part of the quirky 80’s comedy. It’s a favorite for many of us who lived through the eighties, myself not included. Don’t get me wrong, it’s funny and entertaining, but I don’t love it. I actually watched this with my wife. She grew up with this movie and wanted me to see it since I had previously avoided watching this one.

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I’m not going to take too much time to criticize this movie. Like a lot of guilty pleasures, this movie is just fun and nostalgic despite being a bad movie. The jokes are silly, and the acting is really pretty bad, but this is still entertaining. It’s like a time capsule into all the things that were fads in 1987.

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On the good side I think this will be a fun film for people of my generation to watch for a long time. It’s weird to see James Spader and Andrew McCarthy so young. It’s also neat seeing Estelle Getty looking a bit younger than she did in The Golden Girls. This is a guilty pleasure that might be fun for an 80’s movie night. From the animated opening to the synthesizer-heavy score, this film advertises its age from all angles. I give this one 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 90 minutes

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