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Be Kind Rewind - Get Into the Groove!

By Michael Nazarewycz

The ‘80s produced many a one-named recording artist, from quick-hitters like Falco and Limahl to legends like Prince and Sting. But no artist to come into and out of that decade had the popularity, the success, or the wattage, like Madonna. Given her hit-making success on radio and her telegenic presence in music videos, it was no surprise that The Material Girl crossed-over to movies. And filmmakers were attracted to her as well because her appearance could draw her rabid fans to theaters, and her vocal stylings could help sell soundtracks (in the era that redefined soundtracks).

 

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)Desperately Seeking Susan
1985
Starring Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn
Directed by Susan Seidelman

Roberta’s (Arquette) life is so dull, she follows a romance between two people that communicate via the newspaper’s personal ads. (If you are from the ‘80s, you know what personal ads are. If you are not from the ‘80s, personal ads are like Match.com, but printed on paper.) Roberta becomes so obsessed with this relationship, she tracks-down and follows ad-writer Susan (Madonna) to see what all the fuss is about. One bout of amnesia later and Roberta believes that she is Susan, and she uses the persona to start a relationship with Dez (Quinn). Things get dicey when she learns that the real Susan is involved with the mob. Hit record: Into the Groove.

Who’s That Girl? (1987)Who’s That Girl?
1987
Starring Madonna and Griffin Dunne
Directed by James Foley

Four years ago, Nikki (Madonna) was framed for murder, and she wants to clear her name. Unwittingly enlisted to help her is Louden (Dunne), and attorney who is set to marry the boss’ daughter (something the boss is none too happy with). When Nikki enters Louden’s life ... hilarity, or something like it, ensues. In certain respects this film is a spoof of 1938’s Bringing Up Baby, but in no way, shape, or form are Dunne/Madonna comparable to Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn. Hit record: Who’s That Girl and Causing a Commotion.

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Michael Nazarewycz is a US-based Writer for UK-based Filmoria.com. He also blogs at ScribeHard On Film. He can be reached via Twitter @ScribeHard.

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