Desperately Seeking Susan

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Released 1985

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Director:
Susan Seidelman
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG-13

Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 American romantic comedy from director Susan Seidelman starring Rosanna Arquette and featuring Madonna in her first major motion picture. Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) is a New Jersey housewife who's become tired of her four-year marriage to her husband Gary (Mark Blum) and has turned to reading personal ads for the vicarious thrill. Susan (Madonna) is a free-wheeling, bohemian club girl who communicates with her boyfriends through the personals. Roberta is fascinated by the Desperately Seeking Susan ads and decides to act when she reads an ad left by Dez (Aiden Quinn) asking Susan to meet him in Battery Park. After an accidental knock to the head leaves Roberta with amnesia, the lonely housewife adopts Susan's persona, inadvertently taking on Susan's many problems, including ex-boyfriends and jewel thieves intent on revenge. Roberta's life is suddenly very exciting as she's romanced by the handsome Dez while having to outwit the gangsters pursuing the real Susan, and her own disgruntled husband.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Desperately Seeking Susan does not move with the self-confidence that its complicated plot requires. But it has its moments, and many of them involve the different kinds of special...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune

    It's a highly implausible story, but one that's told with engaging, often witty style, enhanced by the film's offbeat settings and situations and the charm of its cast. [29 Mar 198...

  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The film isn't perfect. Seidelman is still pretty much brand-new at this, and there are times when the movie seems about to slip through her fingers, run off into the streets and f...

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Comedy, Drama

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Romantic Comedy