“Desperately seeking susan” represents a classified ad placed in the personal column by the rock singer boyfriend of Susan (Madonna). Freewheeling, spirited Susan floats around Manhattan dressed in miniskirts, rhinestone boots, and enough junk jewellery to outfit everyone in Greenwich Village. Across the river in New Jersey Roberta (Arquette) is trapped in a boring suburan life, Roberta is the wife of an inconsiderate clod who sells hot tubs. Here the only escape is reading the curious ads placed in the personal columns of her newspaper. The ad provides the connection and when Roberta decides to discover what life is really like for Susan and her boyfriend the fun begins. Through a series of hilarious mishaps, Roberta actually starts living the life of Susan while Susan discovers the strange life of suburbia. The result is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable story.


  • 1985
  • Directed by: Susan Seidelman
  • Madonna as Susan

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