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 than 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!
is notionally a romantic comedy in which Andrew McCarthy plays a luckless department-store employee and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City
) is an Egyptian princess reincarnated as a shop-window dummy, who comes to life when she encounters McCarthy, only to revert to mannequin status when anyone else is watching her. With her encouragement, he becomes emboldened in his career as a window decorator as well as falling in love with the princess. James Spader's oily, stammering executive is just one of the many examples of a film that tries way too hard to be funny, the sort of characterization that would be barely adequate for a TV commercial, let alone a 90-minute movie. Still, for fans of Sex and the City
who might want to feast upon the spectacle of a younger Kim Cattrall, Mannequin
might offer a measure of relief. --David Stubbs