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Desperately Seeking Susan: Get Into the Groove

Desperately Seeking Susan: Get Into the Groove (photo)

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In some ways, Desperately Seeking Susan is a chick flick. It stars Rosanna Arquette as Roberta, the unfulfilled wife of the self-proclaimed Hot Tub King of New Jersey. Today, her life as a wistful pampered suburban wife would have gotten her cast on Bravo, but in the innocent halcyon pre-reality television days of the 1980s it meant following a stranger’s life via the personals and getting a knock on the head for her trouble. The resulting amnesia leads Roberta on a wild ride through the seedy bowels of Manhattan and into the arms of Dez played by Aidan Quinn, back when he was dark and brooding.

At the height of her rise to fame and in her first movie role, Madonna stars as Susan, the focus of Roberta’s obsessions. It was one of Susan’s several boho boyfriends that stole the Egyptian earrings that kicked off the whole mis-adventure. She hides out in New Jersey ostensibly to help Roberta’s husband track his missing wife and the plot just gets sillier from there. Yes, the plot is clearly farcical what with the amnesiac housewife, stolen Egyptian earrings, mistaken identities, and the Hot Tub King of New Jersey, but it doesn’t really matter compared to what else the film has to offer. Namely, Manhattan and music.

The uncredited co-star of the film is Manhattan in the mid-80s. From the seedy Harlem magic club to Dez’s Bowery loft above an art house movie theater to Richard Hell’s cameo to the scenes filmed at Danceteria, the movie is an incredible tour of bohemian Manhattan in all its graffitied glory. Madonna got her start in this scene and in some ways this movie is an homage to that humble beginning.

The other star of the film is the music. The film was made just as Madonna was rising into super stardom. She had just scored huge hits with “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” and this film cemented her star status. The ironic thing is that despite being featured during the movie, her smash hit “Into the Groove” didn’t even appear on the soundtrack for the movie. Nor did Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” or Run D.MC.’s “Sucka MCs”, songs which are among the seminal songs of the era and were featured in the film.

The video for “Into the Groove” was made after the success of the movie and was compiled of clips from the film. Watch and enjoy and then watch and enjoy Desperately Seeking Susan on IFC at 9:05 p.m. ET:

“Into the Groove” also spawned a bunch of inspired covers, including this one “Into the Groove-y” from Ciccone Youth (a.k.a. Sonic Youth and Mike Watt):


The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…