Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Madonna, Desperately Seeking Susan
Credit: Desperately Seeking Susan: Everett Collection

We rate Madonna’s big movie debut

THE ROLE The titular free spirit, whose wild life and series of personal ads inspire chaos and excitement in the life of a suburban housewife (Rosanna Arquette)

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY Low. Susan’s brash, scheming persona fit Madonna like a lacy glove.

LEVEL OF SUCCESS 7 You can mock her later efforts in Shanghai Surprise or Dangerous Game, but admit it: You’ve lost count how many times you’ve gotten into Madge’s groove watching Desperately in cable reruns.

TASTY TIDBIT Desperately‘s director, Susan Seidelman, went on to direct the pilot episode of another Manhattan-set, female-focused comedy, Sex and the City.

EW VIDEO GRADE B- (Read the review)

Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Movie
  • 104 minutes