Desperately Seeking Susan
My impression of this movie is that someone wanted to make a movie starring Madonna, but then they discovered that Madonna can’t act, so really the movie stars Rosanna Arquette as Roberta Glass, “a housewife from Fort Lee New Jersey” who gets mistaken for Susan, the character played by Madonna who only has a supporting role in the movie.
Roberta is bored with her beta-male provider husband and envies Susan whose more exciting life she follows in classified ads in the newspaper. (You do remember classified ads in the newspaper, right?) Then Roberta gets knocked on the head and conveniently gets amnesia, and thinks that she’s Susan.
The upside is that Rosanna Arquette is very cute, and Madonna looks as hot as Madonna looked back in 1985. And there’s a lot of great 1980s hair.
Everyone tries to speak with a prole New York accent but they don’t really get it right.
At Rotten Tomatoes the movie scores 87%, which must entirely be because of 80s nostalgia and not because it’s a great movie. It’s a cute movie. I guess I’m glad I re-watched it. But St. Elmo’s Fire is a much better movie from 1985. In fact, I would say that St. Elmo’s fire is the quintessential 80s movie. (St. Elmo’s Fire is the quintessential 80s movie despite actually not making much money when it was playing in the theaters. It’s a movie that’s a lot better 30 years later.)
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I guess it’s 80s week at the blog. What else would you like me to review from the 1980s?