After the recent ragey comments, I think I’ll scale things back this time.
Kim had been in a few movies – like Big Trouble in Little China before she was in the film that marked on of my pivotal moments. That was a really bad film – Mannequin. As bad as the film was, it marked and sparked a change in my life. The film is full of stereotypes and offensive elements, but the film still is a marker of a positive change for me.
Let me tell you a little bit about it.
Cutting a really long story shortish, the protagonist, Jonathan Switcher, is something of a loser. Never really fitted in. Had an artistic streak but drifted. Has a girlfriend, but she is really not right for him. The mannequin contains the spirit of a woman from ancient Egypt. She jumps from event to event a la Quantum Leap, never quite finding the right place.
With her help, he goes on to create brilliant window displays. But of course only he can see her alive. Eventually, she can be seen by everyone, and the Gods have decided that she belongs in this place, with this person. There’s a scene where they are naked in a hammock. Jonathan says something along the lines of “The world needs more beauty. I feel as though we could design entire cities”. That got me. The idea that we can make the world a beautiful place.
I can’t explain it. Maybe it is identifying with the lost soul. Maybe it was the idea that there really is a place for everyone. Maybe it was this fire inside me that can change the world. But it activated something. I loved more. I let go.
For example, before the movie I never liked kids. Shortly after, I was visiting relatives and playing with the children was one of the best times of my life.
I guess what I want to say with this is that there are surprising events in our lives. The smallest, silliest thing can be a trigger for us – a good one. This was such a bad movie. Although it did have James Spader in a delightfully unpleasant role. But there really was something about it that just resounded with me. And even now when I hear the closing them music – StarShip’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, it makes me feel teary.