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[[caption-width-right:330:Romance, magic, and goofing around.]]

'''''Mannequin''''' is a 1987 romantic comedy written and directed by Michael Gottlieb, about a new employee at a struggling old department store who discovers that one of their mannequins comes alive, but only when they are alone (it is actually an ancient Egyptian princess under a curse.) They fall in love and, with her help, he revitalizes the store thanks to the crazy window displays he designs.

This is 1980s HighConcept, that still never tries to be anything other than silly and fun. It stars Andrew [=McCarthy=] and Kim Cattrall, the latter who of course would later star in ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.

This seems to be based on an old episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', but the director just came up with the idea after seeing an optical illusion in a store window that made one of the mannequins appear to move. It also shares striking similarities with the 1948 film ''Theatre/OneTouchOfVenus,'' in which a statue of the [[LoveGoddess goddess]] comes to life when kissed by a young window dresser.

There was also a sequel released in 1991 called ''Mannequin: On The Move''. It stars William Ragsdale and Kristy Swanson.
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!!Contains examples of:
* AmbiguouslyGay: Arguably Mr. Richards, who, while not as flamboyant as Hollywood, has his gay moments.
* AndThisIsFor: Spoofed.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: In which the Egyptian princess travels the world while being whisked through history and, among other things, [[HistoricalInJoke proves to Columbus]] [[BeamMeUpScotty that the world]] [[ArtisticLicenseHistory is round]].
* AwardBaitSong: ''Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now'', by Starship.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Apparently Switcher was meant to bring the mannequin to life and break her curse, since only a StarvingArtist could sense all the right parts to put together to make her. And of course the whole bit with him being the only one who can see her.
* CampGay: Hollywood (that's his name).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The PetHomosexual uses a fire hose to blast a gaggle of security guards and cops. Then he runs out of water and the hose...deflates.
* DoingItForTheArt: InUniverse. Switcher gets fired for trying to be expressive in jobs that don't need it, until Prince & Company turns out to need someone like him.
** Except for one job where he was allowed to get creative with folding of balloons, and was fired for something else.
* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, She's Like, Out Cold In A Pile Of Trash!]]: Roxie clearly didn't appreciate the on-the-lips wake up kiss she got from the janitor near the end of the film.
* TheEighties: Part of the film's charm.
* {{Jerkass}}: Arguably, Switcher's boss at the mannequin factory in the beginning of the film. He fired Switcher because he cared about "quantity", ''not'' Switcher's artistic talent. The same goes for the later bosses at Switcher's take of numerous odd jobs.
** Mr Richards also counts.
* LameRhymeDodge: Switcher quickly covers with "Nice hall" after Felix overhears him calling him an asshole.
* LargeHam: Hollywood. James Spader has fun as Mr Richards. Also Felix and Armand.
* LiteralAssKissing: An accidental case of this in the movie, as when two guys, Richards and Felix, plan to have Jonathan Switcher work for a competing fashion clothing store by stealing mannequins from the Prince & Company display window, Richards has his mouth buried in a mannequin's behind while carrying it.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: When Roxy submits to her AbhorrentAdmirer, she goes about it so abhorrently that he is unable to perform.
* PerceptionFilter: No one can see the mannequin alive and moving except Switcher (until his desperate act to save her and ThePowerOfLove breaks her curse).
* {{Pet Homosexual}}: Hollywood Montrose.
* PicturePerfectPresentation: At the end, in imitation of how the mannequin had been posing and going from life to mannequin, she, Switcher, Hollywood, and the store owner all pose as part of a wedding-themed store window before "coming alive" to finish the actual wedding with the priest.
* PrettyInMink: One scene has her in a huge fur coat and then flashing her BlackBraAndPanties underneath.
* PygmalionPlot: Almost literally.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny
* TheRival: Illustra to Prince & Company.
* RuleOfFunny: They didn't even try to go for accuracy with AncientEgypt. It was all evidently for laughs.
* [[SavingTheOrphanage Saving the Department Store]]: There's a level of this occurring in what Switcher does at Prince & Company, since by being able to finally use his creativity, he designs mannequin windows that wow the crowds and revitalize the store--which had, thanks to TheRival Illustra and a lack of imagination, been doing very poorly and was in danger of closing.
* SecretChaser: Felix. By the time he knows for a fact the (now-living) woman in front of him is the mannequin but he can't prove it and [[CassandraTruth no one will believe him]], he seems [[VillainousBreakdown pretty close to a nervous breakdown]].
* SexyCoatFlashing
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: The mummy bandages that are left after our protagonist gets whisked away magically.
* StarvingArtist: Switcher. It's implied that only an true artist could have brought Ema to life.
* TakeMyHand: During the finale, saving the mannequin from [[ConveyorBeltODoom the assembly line chopper]].
* WomanScorned: Roxie, who (more for this reason than because she works for Illustra) ends up trying to vengefully destroy the mannequin girl for whom Switcher jilted her. (Though naturally, she was shown to be shallow as a puddle, vain, and dismissive of his talents and future prospects to justify this.)
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