We’ve seen this sort of thing a thousand times… An ancient Egyptian princess gets transported through time to 1987 Philly, only to end up as a mannequin, which only a young Andrew McCarthy can see… *record comes to a screeching halt.
There’s only one movie from our favorite decade with such a delightful plot! Mannequin. Granted you’ll never be served a bigger plate of cheese in your life than this 90-minute treasure, but if you have a sense of humor (and you should… you’re reading our blog) you’ll at least get a chuckle or two out of the plethora of clichés that just fall into your lap.
Kim Cattrall, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Estelle Getty, and Meshach Taylor?! That’s an all-star 80s cast, if we’ve ever seen one. Cattrall is Emmy, the aforementioned ancient Egyptian princess, and McCarthy is Jonathan Switcher, the lucky schlub who she decides to visit. Now just to kick up the hilarity, the geniuses behind this gem decided that only Switcher can see Emmy when she comes to life. The rest of Philly? Well, they all just think he’s crazy. Spader plays the (duh) villain who’s desperately trying to oust Switcher from his new job at Illustra, a huge department store, and only with the help of an over-the-top, three-snaps-in-a-Z Hollywood Montrose (Taylor), does Switcher live to keep his job… and the (wooden) girl.
(Sidenote for future reference: If you are ever somehow transported hundreds of years into the future to an entirely different land, you apparently will suffer from absolutely no culture shock whatsoever. In fact, you’ll fit in better than the present-day dork you’re visiting. Plus, you’ll be able to dress yourself in stylish clothes with little help from others, you’ll know how to dance to music, and you’ll be able to reference several movies and pop stars that you’ve never heard of!)
Scoff all you want, but this bad boy was actually nominated for an Oscar (for Original Song: Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”), and it was a box office success despite having been panned by critics. (Face, Siskel and Ebert! FACE.) Even now, we can’t help but be a little proud that one of our 80s faves has become quite the cult classic. So, this one’s for you, Mannequin. We really do ♥ you.
We ♥ Mannequin.
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