When we first talked about doing this column, one movie immediately came to mind: the hot pink mess of a Kim Cattrall vehicle they call Mannequin. In the hilariously horrible flick, Cattrall plays, well, a mannequin (more on that shocking development below).It may be hard to believe, but this movie IS as awesome as it sounds. It’s been midnight fave of mine for years. Featuring numerous dance montages, outstanding garden party hats, overtly punny one-liners and over-emotive hand gestures, it’s a guilty pleasure that stands the test of time – and never fails to inspire a random re-watch (or two).At one point in the movie, Andrew McCarthy’s character asks Kim to jump on his motorcycle and ride around the town with him. She’s a bit hesitant, worried that people will look at them funny (what kind of dummy would think that?). She finally agrees when Andrew yelps, “Who cares what people think!? Just wrap your arms around me and hold on tight!” If that’s not the best piece of advice he could give to future Mannequin lovers, I don’t know what is!
– The security guard actually uses “fart blossom” as an insult.
– Golden Girl Estelle Getty plays the store’s sweet and sassy owner.
– McCarthy’s Pretty in Pink co-star, James Spader, plays the store’s yuppie manager. He’s perfectly douche-y, but not in a I’m-Steff-and-I’m-hot-feathered-hair-boring-as-hell-shit kind of way.
– On their second night together, Emmy and Jonathan have a costume change-filled montage dance party to the Alisha hit, “Do You Dream About Me.”
– During said montage, Jonathan tries to be the Phantom of the Randomly Appearing Organ.
– When the song first comes out of the giant speakers, Emmy exclaims, “WHERE DO THEY HIDE THE MUSICIANS!!?”
– Emmy is pretty much a baby Samantha. Girlie strips naked five minutes after meeting Jonathan. Another night, she has sex with him all over the store. First they hit up the outdoors section (tent!), then they head over to the furniture area (hammock!) and finally, they cap things off with a visit to the luxury items (fur coat pile!). I’m surprised they didn’t end up on a swing.
– There are sudden uses of fun-shaped scene transition effects. You know, the kind you used on Windows Movie Maker in Grade 7.
– Hollywood bonuses (as if that name wasn’t enough)! Dude can silence a room with the snap of his bedazzled fingers. Oh, and he drives a hot pink convertible with a license plate that reads: “HOT GIRL.”
– Jonathan: “We need to make a list… 30 feet of nylon cord…” Hollywood: “Ow! Sounds like my kind of list!”
– It was nominated for an Oscar – for Best Original Song. Wait, it gets better. The tune in question? Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”!