Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

DVD - 2000
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A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.
Audience: OFRB rating: AA.
Publisher: Santa Monica : MGM Home Entertainment, [2000]
Copyright Date: ℗2000
ISBN: 9780792845775
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Despe
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm


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Jan 20, 2018

OK, yeah, sure, in the spring of 1985, when I first saw this movie during its theatrical run (at which time the snarky commenters here weren't even born yet), the picture seemed a little thin. Look out for movies that aren't obviously bad, yet seem evanescent -- not quite altogether there: they have an insidious habit of growing richer with the years, fuller and more rewarding with the passage of time. So it goes with the much-maligned yet infinitely true-to-life Desperately Seeking Susan. First, it's a cinematic time capsule of an era in New York culture that has since utterly vanished, which might matter less were it not for.... second, an emotionally fearless leading lady performance by Rosanna Arquette, who makes her suburban hausfrau anguish palpably real. And third, the movie's milieu is so well-observed, satirically, from the sleazy hot-tub salesman hubby (his tacky TV commercial and the pride he takes in it are a hoot) to the rocker dude played by Robert Joy whom Madonna wants to reunite with. Joy was good in another 80s movie, Atlantic City, as a would-be drug dealer in over his head; here. in his brief screen time, he nails the androg 80s rockstar in a way that now seems poignant. "Seeking" has so much to say and share, yet it's also a lot of fun. So what are you waiting for, pilgrim -- a mating call?? And Aidan Quinn was never sexier.

my comment here continues the point I made about STICK IT. HAVE THE MORMONS TAKEN OVER HOLLYWOOD, AS WELL AS LAS VEGAS? the director at one point in her commentary, says, "this is not the film I made."

Aka_Aka_Aka Jul 28, 2016

Yeah. I believe that for one to really enjoy this somewhat dated Romantic/Comedy more than I did, they would really have to like Madonna a helluva lot more than I do (which isn't much).

This Chick Flick's wafer-thin plot-line centres around a bored housewife (no, not Madonna), a streetwise tramp (yep, that's Madonna... surprised?), the newspaper personal columns, and, yes, even mistaken identity - All wrapped up with a healthy smattering of convenient amnesia, thrown into the mix for good measure.

For the most part - I found this wacky 80's picture to be a really contrived and shallow affair. And its attempt to give Madonna (in her first film appearance) a vehicle in which to showcase her "apparent" acting abilities only served to disappoint and aggravate this viewer, big-time.

Jul 20, 2016

Sure. Back in 1985, when this rather silly Rom-Com was first released - I'm certain that a lot more people cared a whole lot more about Madonna than they do now.

And, yes, back then, the viewer might have actually enjoyed this contrived "Chick Flick" immensely. And, if this was the case - They would have, naturally, had to have forgiven Madonna, big-time, for putting in such a pedestrian performance as the "tart-with-the-golden-heart".

But, today - 30 years later - Madonna and her predictable screen persona have long ago become passe'. And, with that - I found that her appearance in this somewhat awkward and implausible picture only served to seriously marginalize its story-line rather than elevate it into a cinematic gem that's well-worth remembering.

Anyway - You may, very likely, feel different, than I do, about this picture and actually enjoy it from start to finish. And, hey! - That's OK!

Jul 19, 2016

Viewed as a modern-day, urban, "Screwball" comedy - "Desperately Seeking Susan" (from 1985), unfortunately, fails to fully satisfy and deliver the goods, on all counts. By casting "eye-candy" Madonna (26 at the time) as the tarty, streetwise, title character, this film quickly becomes a total slave to contemporary fashions (carried to the extreme).

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.

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.

(*Watch movie-trailer video-clip*)

mamiuno Oct 09, 2012

diva iz da word n she doez it wit everithang she got,get in2 da groove babi...

epotter8811 Jul 20, 2012

Desperately Seeking Susan aka Madonna's screen debut is enjoyable enough, though the plotline is a bit far-fetched. I'm not sure Madonna is "acting" here so much as just sauntering through each scene emitting a cool sexual energy and tough-girl quips (which is basically just her real life personality). She's a more believable actress in a League of Their Own. Rosanna Arquette willingly commits to her transformation from bored NJ housewife to Susan-clone and thankfully hooks up with a tall, slender, handsome, and always utterly charming Aidan Quinn. There's a lot of silliness involving a jacket, Egyptian earrings, a craptastic Lower East Side magic show, and a dead mobster, but if you throw all the plausibility out the window, you'll probably have a decent time.

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epotter8811 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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