Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) - Comedy, Drama

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A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 23 out of 63 found boring (36.5%)

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Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) is a bored and lonely housewife who seems to solely exist to ensure that her husband Gary (Mark Blum) gets the radio put in his car and has dinner on the table when he arrives home, even if he's not eating at home that night.

The rest of the film is non-stop comedic confusion and madness, played out by some great talents including Laurie Metcalf as Roberta's sister-in-law, Leslie, and Aidan Quinn, Robert Joy and Mark Blum as the hapless unfortunate love interests of our heroines.

She's bored, naturally, as her husband Gary (Blum) runs a hot tub business while fooling around.

Basically Roberta Glass (BAFTA winning, and Golden Globe nominated Rosanna Arquette) is in a boring marriage to husband Gary (Mark Blum), who takes her for granted, and the only way she entertains herself is following personal ads titled "Despareatly Seeking Susan", following the progress of a couple.

A bored suburban housewife yearning for excitement traces the personals ad of the film's title and is thrust headlong into a series of trendy misadventures in downtown Manhattan.

Enjoyable .

Clearly, the film was intended as a vehicle for Madonna who stars as a New York City drifter whose life intersects with a bored and neglected housewife looking for excitement.

Very funny and evocative of the '80s .

Bubbly farce about a dull housewife (beautiful Arquette) who gets bumped on the head and wakes up believing herself to be a free spirited lady named Susan (Madonna).

Arquette plays Roberta Glass, a bored and ignored housewife who is obsessed with a couple she reads about in the personals, Jim and Susan.

Once the setup is in place, it's basically a series of predictable events that are occasionally funny, but eventually they get pretty tiresome.

A little gem from out of left-field, this one, with an engaging storyline, memorable characters and a disarmingly peculiar sense of humour.

But, today - 30 years later - Madonna and her predictable screen persona have long ago become passe'.

Rosanna Arquette stars as a bored housewife who keeps track of Susan (Madonna) through personal ads in the newspaper.

The story is fun and engaging.

The movie itself including Madonna´s role was quite boring.

The performances by the two woman only made it more entertaining.

Then-ingénue pop star Madonna got top billing in this otherwise enjoyable role-switching comedy that put writer-director Susan Seidelman deservedly on the map.

Totally enjoyable, zany story of a lady's and a tramp's lives crossing with strange results.

Seidelman's 'Desperately Seeking Susan' is quite a funny, albeit contrived and incoherent, movie about a young housewife who takes a fascination towards a street hustler's lovelife.

Whatever they are trying to pass this boring piece of garbage off as, it didn't work on me.

However, the kooky ambiance and Seidelman's amateur-with-a-big-bankroll sensibility makes it visually interesting and fairly engaging.

The film is a bit too 80's for its own good but is as engaging as it was 16 years ago.

None of the humour is effective, and Susan Seidelman cannot create tension or any other intense emotion with the lame plot and contrived situations.

In some ways I agree with the critics, but overall I found it to be entertaining, and even funny in parts.

now on DVD with the original audio (ugh..) on second time on full length version l agree this movie is good,firstly the plot is really original,second Madonna did a stunning performance, instead Arquette that was unconvincing as Roberta but in general way the movie is enjoyable and sometimes is funny....

Set in an artsy-fartsy, NYC location - "Desperately Seeking Susan", with its goofy, mistaken-identity plot-twist (that's reinforced by a convenient stroke of amnesia) gets mighty stale faster than you would ever think.

The settings are used to great effect as well, giving you a taste of the exciting East Village and it's suburban opposite Fort Lee, NJ.

It's an enjoyable story.

It's as drab as anything I have ever seen.

An entertaining, romantic thriller that also has quite a few laughs.

While she may have been lesser known when she was shooting this, by the time it was released it showed itself in its colors as just slightly more than a predictable vehicle.

Confusing plot points occur, Madonna leads a wild existence, this other gal falls in love 'as Susan' while being married and all story lines collide at the end without a good payoff.

Rosanna Arquette portrays Roberta Glass, a bored housewife who spends her afternoons watching cooking shows and living vicariously through the lonely hearts in the classified ads.

She is shy and judicious and stuck in a boring marriage, looking for an escape.

A true coming of age drama with moments of comedy and struggle, Desperately Seeking Susan falls under many genres of film.

This also looks at the upper class of society, but portrays it as a boring life.

And, yes, back then, the viewer might have actually enjoyed this contrived "Chick Flick" immensely.

As films intended as a vehicle for a specific star usually go, Desperately Seeking Susan was nothing spectacular, but an enjoyable way, nonetheless, to spend nearly two hours.

In this very clever story, Roberta (Arquette) is a bored housewife with a rich fantasy life who envies a woman named Susan (Madonna).

Desperately Seeking Susan is a clever and extremely well-written comic confection revolving around a bored New Jersey housewife named Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) who religiously follows the postings of a girl named Susan in the personal ads of her local newspaper because she apparently finds some kind of vicarious release in reading about Susan's wild lifestyle.

(Flash Review)A bored housewife, for some reason still foggy to me, followed a frequent personal ad in the paper seeking to find out who Susan is.

sets a new benchmark for contrived plotting .

Dreadful 'fantasy' movie about a bored housewife who dreams of having a life as bold, risky and adventurous as "Susan", of whom she reads daily in the personal columns.

I mean, once the whole setup is put into place, this completely contrived "Chick Flick" becomes just a series of painfully predictable situations that barely register as amusing, for the most part.

It's strange that it's so old, and it still feels quite fresh and exciting.

Don't get me wrong, I think Madonna's music was okay back then, and even now- but this film seems so cliché and atypical of that period.

Roberta is bored and spends her time scanning the personal ads dreaming.

This is about the worst movie I have ever seen, the story is awful, and Madonna??

Together they form a rather bland couple.