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.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 26 out of 69 found boring (37.68%)

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Enjoyable .

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Together they form a rather bland couple.

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

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

The plot with Rosanne Arquette as the bored housewife of a hot tub mogul (Think a younger Murray from Goodfellas) and Madonna as a somewhat punk freeloading moocher drifting through life using her um...

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Very funny and evocative of the '80s .

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

The story is fun and engaging.

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.

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

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

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

Speaking of the actors, Rosanna Arquette is perfectly cast as a bored housewife from New Jersey who lives vicariously through the titular downtown bohemian (played by Madonna), able to make the character's arc engaging and compelling.

She sees an ad and just to have something to break the boredom shows up at Battery Park to see who this Susan is.

(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.

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....

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.

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.

Rosanna Arquette is bored NJ housewife Roberta Glass.

sets a new benchmark for contrived plotting .

It's an enjoyable story.

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.

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.

It's still funny and worth watching.

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).