Mannequin

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A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.

ACTORS :   Andrew McCarthyKim CattrallEstelle Getty

YEAR OF RELEASE :   1987

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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Down-on-his-luck artist Jonathan Switcher bounces from one dead-end job to another, never managing to hold onto any of them. But everything changes when he builds a mannequin, which he falls in love with. It is the first thing he has made that makes him feel like a real artist. Much to his surprise, Jonathan discovers the mannequin prominently displayed in the window of Prince and Company department store. When he saves the life of an old lady who happens to be the owner of that store, he is rewarded by getting a job at the store as a stock boy. The mannequin later comes to life as Ema “Emmy” Hesire, who was an ancient Egyptian princess living in the year 2514 BC. Gorgeous and vivacious, this femme fatale helps Jonathan turn his career around, inspiring him to become the best window dresser in town. But Emmy soon discovers that the real world is not very dear, when they run into competitors who want to bring them out of business – for good.

Underrated Romantic Comedy

Frivolous, fun romantic comedy from the ’80s. The basic plot is that a girl (Kim Cattrall) in Ancient Egypt is being forced into a marriage she doesn’t want. So she prays to the gods and is magically transported/reincarnated/whatever to the future, where she becomes a mannequin that only comes to life for Andrew McCarthy.
I know this movie is almost universally derided but I can’t help but love it. It’s a sweet, funny, innocently goofy movie that always puts a smile on my face. McCarthy and Cattrall are adorably likable leads. They’re helped by a great supporting cast, including Estelle Getty and Meshach Taylor. Not to mention a soundtrack of great ’80s songs. In a lot of ways, this movie reminds me of old comedies from the 1930s or 40s. It doesn’t care if every little detail of the fantasy plot makes sense. It’s just trying to show the audience a good time and, in my case at least, it accomplishes that.

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