Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

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When a suburban housewife suffers from amnesia, she is mistaken for a New York City drifter.
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9786315658471
Branch Call Number: DVD Desp

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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.

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Derringer
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!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
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 Jul 20, 2012

epotter8811 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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