Reviews: Mannequin

Nearly 30 years and still full of charm

This was the one film I rented over and over and over again in the days of VCRs; it was that much fun.

You know how you’re always going one job to the next just to try making ends meet? And then, after a bunch of Horrible Bosses, you finally find that one employer who values you? That’s the relationship Jonathan has with Claire, and it is more Truth in Television than ever.

While it simply cannot be adequately explained within 400 words, it’s exactly the type of “photoplay” that, on the principle of if we knew then what we know now, makes one wish we could go back and do things this way again.

In short: A 10! 10! 10! 10!! 10!!!

I loved it; others hate it.

From what I can tell, this seems to be a very Love It or Hate It type of film. Throughout the movie, many tropes and cliches are played for all their worth, but their use never bothered me because of the honesty with which they were used. Furthermore, the honest and heartwarming acting of the characters sold the movie for me. Others find it unfunny and despise it.

However, you'll probably be able to tell if you're going to like it early on in the movie. If you're looking for a big-hearted romantic comedy, then go ahead, and there's a good chance you'll love it like I did. Otherwise, you might want to give it a miss. But then again, I'm a hopelessly romantic and emotionally starved Hikikomori, so perhaps that has something to do with it.

Personally, I give it a 10/10!