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Desperately Seeking Susan

Rosanna Arquette does more than her share in the pivotal part of a bored Yuppie housewife who follows the personal ads, wondering about the identities behind a 'desperately seeking Susan' item that runs from time to time.

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Rosanna Arquette Madonna Aidan Quinn Mark Blum Robert Joy Laurie Metcalf

Rosanna Arquette does more than her share in the pivotal part of a bored Yuppie housewife who follows the personal ads, wondering about the identities behind a ‘desperately seeking Susan’ item that runs from time to time.

The ads are the way one boyfriend (Robert Joy) communicates with free-spirited Madonna between her street-life liaisons with other men, one of whom has been bumped off after stealing a pair of rare Egyptian earrings. Before his demise, Madonna has lifted the jewelry, thinking they are trinkets.

Drawn by curiosity to spy on Madonna, Arquette winds up with a bump on the head and a case of amnesia, complicated by the fact that Joy’s pal Aidan Quinn thinks Arquette is Madonna and Arquette doesn’t know she isn’t.

All of this is cause for consistent smiling and a few outright laughs, without ever building to complete comedy. It’s not clear either that director Susan Seidelman and writer Leora Barish ever intend for it to be funnier, so that can’t be faulted.

Desperately Seeking Susan

Production: Orion. Director Susan Seidelman; Producer Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford; Screenplay Leora Barish; Camera Edward Lachman; Editor Andrew Mondshein; Music Thomas Newman; Art Director Santo Loquasto

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: Rosanna Arquette Madonna Aidan Quinn Mark Blum Robert Joy Laurie Metcalf

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