Who’s That Girl (1987)

One of Madonna’s first starring vehicles, “Who’s That Girl” should be a disaster by any measurable criteria: The acting is mostly terrible, the screenplay is light as a feather, the music is bland and generic, and the plot is little more than an afternoon cartoon come to life. But somehow, almost in spite of itself, the movie works. Madonna and Griffin Dunne share noticeable chemistry, which goes a long way towards selling the weak plot, which basically consists of a series of preposterous misadventures that add up to very little but are a lot of fun to watch, somehow. Madonna is stiff but she’s at least trying hard, and she’s a lot of fun to watch. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon movie, in that it requires almost no effort and is easily digestible, not unlike a movie version of cotton candy.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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