Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Bored New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) spices up her stale routine by reading personal ads in the newspaper - particularly a fascinating series of them being placed by a mysterious denizen of New York City named Susan (Madonna, in her first major screen role). When one of Susan's ads proposes a rendezvous with her suitor (Robert Joy) in Battery Park, Roberta secretly tags along. But when her voyeuristic adventure ends in permanent memory loss (and a brand new jacket), Roberta begins to gather a lot of unwanted attention from some unsavoury characters.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Arquette), BAFTA Awards 1986
1985Rating: M104 minsUSA
ComedyRomance
Director:
Susan Seidelman ('Sex and the City', 'Smithereens', 'She-Devil')
Writer:
Leora Barish
Cast:
MadonnaRosanna ArquetteAidan QuinnMark BlumRobert Joy

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Desperately Seeking Susan / Reviews

Variety

Variety

All of this is cause for consistent smiling and a few outright laughs, without ever building to complete comedy.

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Time Out

Time Out

Even if the plotting (a mistaken identity farce involving that old chestnut, amnesia brought on by a bump to the head) is square as a square peg. Madonna has never found a better fit than the role of Susan.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

More central to the popularity of "Susan" is the way it allows the audience to feel hip.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

It has its moments, and many of them involve the different kinds of special appeal that Arquette and Madonna are able to generate.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A lark, an exhilarating celebration of people who have the good sense to be in touch with themselves and with each other.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An attractive, energetic young cast and some witty, off-center visual humor make the resultant laughs more than worth the wait.

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