Mannequin Came Out 30 Years Ago Today


Thirty years ago today, Mannequin was released.

It was not well received. “In Mannequin, [Andrew] McCarthy plays a hapless young man who is fired from one job after another, and [Kim] Cattrall plays an Egyptian princess who is reincarnated as a dummy in a Philadelphia department store window,” Roger Ebert wrote in his review 30 years ago. “When she comes to life, she gives him the inspiration to decorate great windows, and that gives him confidence in himself. I am not leaving out very much here.”

He’s right. The movie is stupid. About three years ago, a re-watch of Mannequin led me to write a story about how it’s the greatest movie ever shot and set in Philadelphia. That’s because Emmy, Cattrall’s character, is established as a time-traveler who has dated Christopher Columbus. But her love for Jonathan Switcher (McCarthy) is so great she decides to stay with him. The movie literally posits that the greatest period in human history is 1980s Philadelphia. How could we not love this film?

But despite being bad, Mannequin is eminently watchable. Why? Read more »

The Philly Characters We Saw on Election Day


One question loomed large in my mind as Philadelphia headed to the polls today: Who would Rocky Balboa vote for?

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows,” Rocky says in Rocky Balboa, but don’t think he’d like Donald Trump’s rhetoric about stolen elections. “Now if you know what you’re worth, now go out and get what you’re worth,” he says in the same speech. “But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers, saying you ain’t where you want to be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that!” Read more »

How I Met Your Mother Shouts Out Mannequin in Finale


Last night was the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, a CBS sitcom that premiered in 2005 — way back when people still had jobs and houses and other good things. Fans of the show hated the finale. “How they conned us all,” popular TV writer (and Penn grad) Alan Sepinwall headlined his piece on the finale.

I hadn’t watched the show since about Season 4, but I quite enjoyed last night’s finale — probably because I had no attachment to the characters, and never really did. I won’t spoil the ending for you here, but I will let you in on the key moment of last night’s finale: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) recreating the movie Mannequin to hit on a woman.

Mannequin is the greatest film ever made in this town, so it was nice to see the reference. After the jump, an animated GIF.

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