Cinema: Beautiful Dreamer in a Minefield Desperately Seeking Susan

Directed by Susan Seidelman; Screenplay by Leora Barish

Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) lives in New Jersey. Her husband sells hot tubs and makes a fool of himself on his TV commercials. Her diet-conscious friends drink rum and Tab. A romantic interlude for her consists of watching Rebecca on the Late Show. This is no life for someone who keeps a diary and looks like a new-minted movie star. No wonder she spends a lot of time leafing longingly through the personals column of a New York City tabloid, in particular mooning over a free-floating couple, Susan and Jim, who arrange their assignations, all over the country, by placing ads there....

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