Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mannequin (1987)

IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Michael Gottlieb. Starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, and James Spader.

Well, this movie is just... weird. It's got a ridiculous premise to begin with, but they never really explain how it works (though they do throw in an opening back story scene that does absolutely nothing to explain what happens later). Add a lot of campy overacting by everyone involved, and you have a very, very strange movie. I did really enjoy James Spader as the almost cartoony villain, but the rest of it just didn't work for me at all. I couldn't even quite get into it as a camp parody, though Spader certainly helped. Oh, as did that random dance montage where they change costumes every 30 seconds. But I couldn't quite find the tone, so it didn't work for me.

1 star.

Flickchart: #1648 out of 2177, below Blow and above The Omen (1976).

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