Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)


Good going stranger

Susan Seidelman directs this comedy drama about two very different women. Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) is a bored housewife, Susan (Madonna) is a drifter. After Roberta badly bumps her head, the two women swap lives.

They then find themselves caught up in the theft of some very expensive Egyptian earrings. What links it all together are newspaper advertisements that are ‘desperately seeking Susan.’

I watched this film for the first time when I was about 16 and was interested by the concept of the film. It brings to light what would happen if you lived like someone else and walked in their shoes. I felt Madonna’s acting was a good effort but I found Arquette’s portrayal of Roberta quite whiny and annoying until she found herself with Dez (played by Aidan Quinn in his first established role). Roberts’s husband Gary (Mark Blum) was rather wet and uncaring towards his wife.

Madonna’s 1980s song  Get into the Groove was also used as part of the soundtrack. I prefer Madonna’s  music during this time and and I remember blasting out her tunes on my big blue CD player as a teenager. Sorry Mum and Dad…

Overall, a fun chick flick if you  want to forget the world and don’t mind stereotypes.

My rating: 3.5/5


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