Making Mr. Right

Director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) climbs aboard the evanescently fashionable Mannequin bandwagon for this tale of a Miami Beach “image consultant” (Ann Magnuson) who falls in love with a well-mannered android. Seidelman's ideas on the politics of sex seem to derive mainly from junior high mythology and Cathy comic strips: all men are aliens and a smart girl's security lies in gender solidarity and kooky acting out (John Malkovich, in the dual role of android and android maker, fills the alien quota here: he's at least twice as strange as usual). Still, it's hard to beat Seidelman as a lifestyle observer, and the film works better along its chic sociological edges than at its conventional narrative center. Seidelman has a way to go as a stylist, but her designer's eye has never been sharper, and she makes the switch from East Village funk a la Madonna to Florida retro deco without dropping a beat. It's all light and forgettable, but there's an amiable minor talent at work. With Ben Masters, Steppenwolf Theatre alums Laurie Metcalf and Glenne Headly, Hart Bochner, and Polly Bergen.

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