A charming romantic comedy starring Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink), Kim Cattrall ('sex andthe City ), Meshach Taylor ( Designing Women ), Estelle Getty ('the Golden Girls ) and James Spader(Stargate), Mannequin is more t... more »han the sum of its fiberglass body parts it's all heart! Jonathan Switcher (McCarthy) has certainly been living up to his name. A frustrated artist, he switches from one dead-end job to another, never managing to hold on to any of them. But all of that changes when a mannequin he created for a department store window comes magically to life! Gorgeous and statuesque, this fiberglass femme fatale (Cattrall) helps Jonathan turn his career around, inspiring him to be the best window dresser in town. But she soon discovers that the real world isn't so easy, when they run into competitors who want to put them out of businessfor good!« less
Patty R. from MERRILL, WI Reviewed on 8/27/2011...
I have always liked this movie about a young man finding his way with true love and self worth.
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5 stars for the film 2 for the DVD
C. A Baker | Santa Rosa CA United States | 10/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I give them 2 stars for finally releasing this gem on DVD but no extras??
This film is delightful and refreshing, Leonard Maltin obviously was having a bad day when he saw this film. I must have seen it 6 or more times when it was in the theaters.
Kim Catrall(Sex in the City) is delightfully coy and silly as well as charming in this comedy about an ancient princess with a too modern outlook and is "cursed" to live through thousands of years until she finds a love who can appreciate her for who she is and not try and control her.
Andrew McCarthy(Pretty in Pink) is wonderful as a failed sculptist who cannot keep a job until he gets a job working as a window dresser at a failing dept store in Philadelphia.
Great co-stars Estelle Getty(Golden Girls), Mesach(sp?) Taylor(Designing Women), James Spader(Stargate the movie) and others make this film a hysterical and romantic romp!"
Cute romantic comedy
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 09/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"MANNEQUIN is a cute romantic comedy from the era that style forgot...the 80's. The film features a gorgeous pre-"Sex and the City" Kim Cattrall as the titular character.Jonathan Switcher (Andrew McCarthy) is a frustrated artist, living from crummy job to crummy job, and coming to the end of a rocky relationship with the ... Roxie (Carole Davis). When kindly Claire Timkin (Estelle Getty - TV's "The Golden Girls") gives him a job at her floundering department store, he is re-united with his favorite project, a gorgeous blonde mannequin. When the mannequin comes alive and declares that she is Emmy, an Egyptian maiden from over 1,000 years before (played by Kim Cattrall), he is more than a little amazed. With Emmy's help, he re-invents the department store as a cutting-edge fashion centre and finds the love of his life.The film also features Meshach Taylor (TV's "Designing Women") as Jonathan's flamboyant assistant Hollywood, and also stars James Spader, G.W. Bailey, Stephen Vinovich and Christopher Maher.The DVD includes both fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film as well as the trailer and DVD trailers for "The Princess Bride: Special Edition" and "Fiddler on the Roof: Special Edition". (Double-sided, single-layer disc)."
Nothings gonna stop me from loving this movie forever
Andrea Gidusko | Denver, CO USA | 12/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Laugh if you must, but this film is one of my all time favorite films. I saw it in the theater, twice, when I was eleven year of age, then rented it about a million times (on BETA!) when it came out on video. Yes, I know it is cheesy and not a work of art, but it is a CUTE movie that I loved at eleven and continue to love at twenty-five.Maybe I'm just a romantic at heart, but films where two people who find each other to spite all odds make me feel good. Movies like this make you believe in romance, and even a pescimist like myself needs to believe in some kind of hope and love.Now with Kim Cattrall's fame being skyrocketted with Sex And The City I'm hoping more people will discover what a great movie this really is. Most of Kims are, I've seen a lot of them (even the early ones which are beyond scary...and then there's Porkys...)Also, one must not forget that even with all the bad reviews this film recieved, it made a lot of money at the box office and on video and even spawned a sequal; (which was pretty bad, but still cool to see nonetheless)not to mention the fact that it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 (for Best Original Song but STILL :)This is also a good movie to watch when you want to see some great actors early works, such as James Spader, and it also let you see what Estelle Getty looked like when she wasn't in a lot of makeup playing Sophia Patrillo on "The Golden Girls"; not to mention Mesach Taylor who doesn't seem to be doing that much acting now, but did appear in the sequal and Designing Women for the extent of it's run.In the end, every movie has it's devoted fans and I'm one of them."
And They Call It...Dummy Love!
J M | 04/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved "Mannequin" from the first moment I saw it back when it was released in 1987! It's actually been a couple of years since I viewed it last time on cable, but I've just received my own copy yesterday so I can once again relive the indelible magic, hilarity, and romance this wacky, wonderful, feel-good film delivers! Andrew McCarthy is terrific as Jonathan Switcher, a shy, genial, struggling dept. store mannequin artist who shares an unusual, brandishing romance with Emmy (Kim Cattral), a reincarnated Egyptian princess whose spirit inhabits one of Jonathan's wooden creations and comes magically to life whenever he's alone with her. Meshach Taylor (of "Designing Women" fame) brings cheery warmth to the story as Jonathan's festive window assistant friend, Hollywood. From start to finish, this underrated comedy will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if true love can ever be so magically fun and special, no matter if you're a guy or a girl! Jonathan definitely shines through for me in that nice guys don't always have to finish last. Plus, Starship's classic Oscar-nominated song is an absolutely perfect touch to the sweet canvas this film paints for its audience. I'm surprised how cumbersome it was to find "Mannequin" in print in recent years, but thank goodness it has finally been re-released & Amazon has it! This is one film no hopeless romantic or 80's nostalgist should be without..."
Fluffy 80's Fun
J M | Somewhere in Ft. Worth, TX | 01/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Those of you out there looking for a horribly deep movie won't bother with Mannequin, of course. My boyfriend laughs at me for stating it's one of my favorite movies of all time, but heck, what does he know?It's campy, it's corny, it's oh-so-dated, but it's hilariously fun. 'Mannequin' is the story of an Egyptian princess (neat concept played fluffily well by Kim Cattrall) that is cursed to become a Mannequin unless she's in the presence of the person she chooses to reveal herself to. Andrew McCarthy is Jonathan, a down-on-his luck stockboy that's got a chance to make something of himself by helping decorate the storefront windows in a failing department store in NYC. That's where Cattrall's mannequin Emmy steps in, and the two fall in love (come on, you knew they would).The fun thing about this movie is that it's chock full of 80's goodness. I'm not just talking the clothes or the music (though those are great too), I'm talking about the actors as well. Not only do you have 80's king Andrew McCarthy, but we have James Spader playing the slimy manager of a competing store, and GW Bailey (from the Police Academy movies) playing a slightly off-kilter security guard. Meschach Taylor almost steals the entire movie away with his portrayal of Hollywood Henderson, a flamboyant gay man with strange eyeglasses and a penchant to cry at the thought of True Love.It's fun and fluffy overall, but it's entertaining. Those of you that saw it in the 80's will love the walk down memory lane. My only complaint (and why it didn't get 5 stars from me) is that the DVD is rather cheap. Cheap box, and zero extras. My advice is that if you just want it for a one time viewing, get the VHS. If you want it to add to your DVD collection, then get the DVD, because it's fairly reasonably priced."