Desperately Seeking Susan

Synopsis: Bored Roberta spots a regular personal ad in the paper titled 'Desperately Seeking Susan'. She heads off to New York, following one of the ads, and finds Susan. When Susan sells her jacket, Roberta - trying to emulate her mystery ad writer - buys the jacket and wears it. Little does she know someone is looking for the jacket - and its owner...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Susan Seidelman
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


Does he love me, I wanna know

How can I tell if he loves me so

Is it in his eyes?

Oh no, you'll be deceived

Is it in his eyes?

Oh no, he'll make believe

If you wanna know if he loves you so

It's in his kiss

That's where it is, oh yeah

Or is it in his face?

Oh no, it's just his charm

In his one embrace

Oh no, that's just his arm

If you wanna know if he loves you so

It's in his kiss

That's where it is

Oh oh, it's in his kiss

That's where it is

Oh oh oh

Hug him and squeeze him tight

And find out what you wanna know

If it's love, if it really is

It's there in his kiss...

"Beautiful stranger,

red hair, green jump suit,...

walking dogs in

Washington Square Park."

"Can't forget you.

Give love a chance. Blackie."

Hope she gives him a chance.

Oh, Roberta, please!

He must be some kind of a pervert!

- He could be sincere.

- Nobody named Blackie is sincere.

He can't forget her,

he's in love. It's great.

Weren't you reading the want ads?

I know, I was. I just...

can't seem to find anything.

Don't settle for

anything under 50,000.

- Hi, ladies!

- Hi, Adrian. What do you think?

- Roberta, the look is you.

- I just really wanted a trim.

No, this is your birthday present.

Give her something

different, not weird...

Don't worry. Her husband'll love it.

- Wow, here it is! A message from Jim!

- Huh?

"Desperately seeking Susan.

Keep the faith."

"Tuesday 10am. Battery Park,

Gangway one. Love Jim."

- Who's Jim?

- Oh, God, that's tomorrow.

Who's Susan? You know these people?

No. Jim follows Susan

all over the country.

Last January she was in

Mexico City, then Seattle.

They send messages back and forth,

that's how they hook up.

Now they're in New York.

Desperate. I love that word.

It's so romantic.

Everybody I know is

desperate except you.

- I'm desperate.

- You?!

Well... sort of.

You're not shy

You get around

You wanna fly

Don't want your feet on the ground

You stay up

Won't come down

You wanna live

Wanna move to the sound

Got fire

In your veins

Burning hard

Girl, you don't feel the same

Your desires

Are insane

You won't stop

Until you do it again

Sometimes I wonder

As I look in your eyes

Maybe you're thinking

Of some other guy

But I don't ever know...

Room service!

It's open!


- Hi.

- Hi.

I got you a newspaper

and your tequila.

- Thanks.

- You're welcome.

- Where do you want it?

- That's fine.

Don't spend it all in one place.

I won't. Thanks.


It's about time!


Bye-bye, Bruce.

It was fun, huh?

Hold the elevator!

Wait a second!

Roberta, don't let me eat these.

They're so good!

Hey, I think I've found one.

- One of what?

- Upstairs. Come on.

He's been giving

me the eye all night.

- Who is he?

- Who?

- In the corner, near Gary.

- Larry Stillman.

- Dr Stillman.

- Plastic surgery?

He's Gary's dentist.

Well, at least he's not a PhD.

- Gary, who's your friend?

- You know Becky.

Oh! Larry Stillman...

- My sister Leslie.

- Hi, how you doin'?

So you're a dentist...

Oh! Time out, everybody!

I've got a 10.58 spot.

- Oh, right!

- Great!

Rosemary will have another

instalment of Growing up In Queens.

The search continues for suspects...

in the recent robbery of

ancient Egyptian artefacts.

That and more,

next on the news at 11.

Hi. I'm Gary from Gary's Oasis.

In our New Jersey showroom,

we have hundreds of models...

of whirlpools and hot tubs at the

lowest manufacturer-to-you prices.

So come on out to Gary's Oasis.

- We're open seven days a week.

- Hey, Gary. Come on in!

At Gary's Oasis all your

fantasies can come true!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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