Desperately Seeking Susan

Release Date: June 26th, 2005

DVD Release Date: June 13th, 2000

PG-13 |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) spices up her boring life by reading personal ads, especially a series of them being placed by a mysterious denizen of New York City named Susan (Madonna). When one of Susan's ads proposes a rendezvous with her suitor (Robert Joy) at Battery Park, Roberta secretly tags along. But when her voyeuristic jape ends in permanent memory loss and a new jacket, Roberta begins to gather a lot of unwanted attention from some unsavory characters.

Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna , Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum, Robert Joy, Laurie Metcalf, Anna Thomson, Will Patton

Director: Susan Seidelman

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Keywords: Husband, Murder, Temptation, New York City, Escape, 1980s, Cheeky, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It's a highly implausible story, but one that's told with engaging, often witty style, enhanced by the film's offbeat settings and situations and the charm of its cast. [29 Mar 1985, p.E]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Desperately Seeking Susan does not move with the self-confidence that its complicated plot requires. But it has its moments, and many of them involve the different kinds of special appeal that Arquette and Madonna are able to generate. They are very particular individuals, and in a dizzying plot they somehow succeed in creating specific, interesting characters. show more

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    The film isn't perfect. Seidelman is still pretty much brand-new at this, and there are times when the movie seems about to slip through her fingers, run off into the streets and flow farther, irretrievably, downtown. And the ending has the patness of a studio contrivance; one guesses that had Seidelman been in complete control, something more ambiguous might have resulted. Still, what fun: Good, and good for you, too. Hollywood reaches out and gives someone with talent a chance to make something genuine and offbeat. It's a great system. [01 Apr 1985, p.C4]

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Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy