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Chasing Amy (1997)



Critic Consensus: Although Chasing Amy's depiction of queer sexuality is frustratingly clumsy, it handles an array of thorny themes with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and writer-director Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.

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After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with this low budget, independent comedy-drama about love, sex and the fine line between the two. Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil, a New Jersey comic book writer who is roommates with his best friend and professional partner, artist Banky Edwards (Jason Lee). Their hit comic book series, "Bluntman and Chronic," is loosely patterned after a pair of acquaintances, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Smith), two characters already familiar as supporting players in several Smith films. Into Holden's life comes Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), a lesbian and fellow comic book creator who quickly becomes a close friend, although Holden is powerfully attracted to her. Eventually, Alyssa realizes that she is attracted to Holden as well and they begin a physical relationship, much to the consternation of Banky, whose ire over losing his best friend to a lesbian seems to border on romantic jealousy. After he learns something about Alyssa's sexual past, however, Holden's immature response to his new knowledge destroys both his romance with Alyssa and his friendship with Banky. Chasing Amy (1997) was the third film in what Smith referred to as his "New Jersey series," films set at least partly in the Garden State and featuring the Jay and Silent Bob characters. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Ben Affleck
as Holden McNeill
Joey Lauren Adams
as Alyssa Jones
Jason Lee
as Banky Edwards
Kevin Smith
as Silent Bob
Scott Mosier
as Collector
Casey Affleck
as Little Kid
Illeana Douglas
as Angry Woman
Brian O'Halloran
as Executive No. 1
Matt Damon
as Executive No. 2
Dan Lunney
as Train Attendant
Tony Torin
as Cashier
John Willyung
as Cohee Lundin
Tsemach Washington
as Young Black Kid
Ernie O'Donnell
as Bystander
Virginia Smith
as Con Woman
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Critic Reviews for Chasing Amy

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (33)

With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds.

February 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies.

February 7, 2014

Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings.

February 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching.

February 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface.

February 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Chasing Amy

Joey Lauren Adams got on my nerves with her grating voice, but even so it is hard not to fall in love with this adorable and funny movie (the dialogue is simply wonderful) as Kevin Smith translates in such a surprisingly heartfelt and sincere way the complications of being in love.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Chasing Amy is very good comedy film from Kevin Smith and is the third film featuring Jay & Silent Bob. Smith uses all the usual tricks that have made his films unique. The cast here are great, and the plot is funny and quirky and totally original. Kevin Smith's films tend to explore ideas which would normally be passed up by a different director. Each film he has made has been funny and memorable. Chasing Amy is one of three romantic comedies that Smith would direct and he makes his rom coms very differently than the traditional rom coms, which are predictable and full of clichés. The film is funny and the cast have good on-screen chemistry, especially Jason Lee and Ben Affleck. I don't normally enjoy rom coms, but Chasing Amy is quite different. Smith layers the script with his traditional humor, which adds so much to the film. The film has much more drama than Smith's previous works, and it shows his maturity as a filmmaker while retaining the same things that we expect from a Kevin Smith film. The film has just the right amount of seriousness and humor to make this worth seeing and if you love Kevin Smith films, then check this one out. Chasing has its imperfections, but it has heart and is entertaining from start to finish. This is an underrated film and Chasing Amy of one of the best films from Smith and is an overlooked gem in his filmography. The film has a well written script that delivers the laughs and charm. Kevin Smith is a good filmmaker, and he has a knack to create original films that are very different than most comedies. Chasing Amy is a great film, and is a different type of Kevin Smith film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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"I don't know what has taken me so long to watch this. But I finally got to it. Christmas shopping is stressful, and I just wanted a good comedy to watch so I could relax a bit. This movie satisfied that. I loved Jason Lee in this. He's very funny and outspoken with no filter. I like that in people. Dwight Ewell was a lot of fun in this as well. I liked the story. I found it to be fresh and a lot of fun. The build up of Holden and Alyssa's relationship was refreshing. There was no cheesy crap. Well unless you count the part where their in Holden's car and he's expressing his mushy feeling's for her. I couldn't help but roll my eyes. It's not that it wasn't honest and sweet. But I am one of those chicks that if I heard a guy start talking to me like that I would run the other way quick. I'm odd. Anyways, I loved the movie. Kevin Smith did a great job with this."


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