Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1985. Orion Pictures. Screenplay by Leora Barish. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Santo Loquasto. Costume Design by Santo Loquasto. Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein. Golden Globe Awards 1985.
Rosanna Arquette plays a bored New Jersey housewife who gets a little excitement in her life when she gets amnesia and accidentally falls into the personality and life of small-time freewheeling con artist Susan (Madonna in her feature film debut), and can’t seem to find her way out of it. Aidan Quinn is the man she falls in love with and Robert Joy is Susan’s hapless boyfriend who can’t seem to figure out what’s going on. It’s a brilliant comedy, apparently inspired by Celine And Julie Go Boating, that at this point nostalgically showcases the punk rock scene of New York in the early eighties, and then beautifully ends in a very tidy climax. Arquette is too mousy but still effective and Madonna is absolutely adorable (and boy will her Like A Virgin fashions take you back).