'Desperately Seeking Susan' (1985)
A bored housewife follows a bohemian hipsterette, gets hit on the head and wakes up thinking she's the downtown free spirit? This is one of those kooky switcheroo stories that Hollywood pumped out by the pound in the Eighties, right? Director Susan Seidelman's funky, fresh take on the story helped flesh out what could have been just another be-careful-what-you-wish-for cautionary tale; the emphasis is not on the life lessons Rosanna Arquette's stifled surbanite might have gleaned from the experience so much as the longing behind her fascination with Madonna's Susan. Oh, yes, and then there's Madonna, in all her laced-glove glory, exhibiting star presence and a real rapport with her co-star. When the two actresses finally share some scenes later in the film, all the boyfriend and dreamboats get pushed to the periphery. This is their comedy. They've found what they're seeking: each other.