Jonathan Switcher played by Andrew McCarthy knows he is in the wrong job until he creates a “Mannequin.” When he begins to mold and develop ‘Emmy,’ played by Kim Cattrall, everything begins to change for the better. There’s a creative side to all of us. When we tap into it, something magical happens.
Jonathan fails at everything, even birthday parties, until he works on ‘Emmy.’ When the gods place Jonathan and Emmy together, Jonathan is changed; Nothing is ever the same. Jonathan feels and looks better from the day ‘Emmy’ is created and enters his life. However, there is one large problem: Emmy is a mannequin. Everyone thinks Jonathan is crazy except his friend Hollywood. Hollywood certifies Jonathan’s sanity and uniqueness.
Jonathan saves the life of the owner of a large store that is failing and about to go under. However, when doing so, she is so appreciative, she tells her store manager Richards played by James Spader to give Jonathan a job. He does so reluctantly. Richards is a sellout trying to undermine the store in order for it to go under. Richards is in cahoots with the owner of competing store, Illustra.
Jonathan really goes to work and the ‘artist’ in him is beginning to shine with Emmy by his side. He creates major windows that draw crowds. Now the attention is drawn from Illustra to Prince and Company. The media goes wild. As such, the failing store is no longer failing and sales are peaking.
As everything seems to be at it’s best for Jonathan, Illustra’s management team is working in the background to bring him down. But as always, the good guy wins out in the end. Mannequin is a romantic fantasy that is worth the time. It’s a feel good movie and ‘If I could just fly away and dream’ movie.
Prince and Company’s owner is played by spunky and comical Estelle Getty of “Golden Girl” fame, James Spader of “Boston Legal” and “Stargate” Fame and Andrew McCarthy of “The Brat Pack” movie fame.
There are some very cute scenes incorporating the dog whose name and even a mention was not available. However, he gets a headache from all the antics of Emmy. Even more lively is the action scene as Emmy and Jonathan are exiting the elevator.
Hollywood (Meshach Taylor) plays a good ‘tootsy.’ Observe his antics as he tends to his work while Jonathan and Emmy ride bikes in the background. Hollywood attempts to steal some of the scenes.
Andrew McCarthy won the 1987 “Best Actor” Award while the movie was nominated for nine Awards, it won five of the nine.
Andrew McCarthy – Jonathan Switcher
Kim Cattrall – Emmy
Estelle Getty – Claire Timkin
James Spader – Richards