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Chasing Amy (1997)

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Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay.



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A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends for 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past. Written by rsilberman

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sex is easy. Love is hard. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akolouthontas tin Amy  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,446 (USA) (4 April 1997)


$12,006,514 (USA) (26 September 1997)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the 'Bluntman and Chronic' comic books at the end of the movie has an almost identical cover to that of 'A Death in the Family,' which is a Batman comic. See more »


In the scene where Alyssa and Holden are discussing the definition of a virgin, one of Alyssa's necklaces appears and disappears behind her shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1: I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Madman.
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Crazy Credits

When in Red Bank visit Jay and Silent Bob's secret stash - comics, games & cool swag. See more »


References Degrassi High (1987) See more »


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User Reviews

Clever movie for the open minded.
10 October 2004 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

"It's not who you love, it's how" is a great tagline for the movie.

Affleck's character cannot deal with Lauren's character's past and that's the main reason why they can't maintain a serious relationship.

Silent Bob in a very important scene talks about "Chasing Amy" and that's when everything makes more sense.

I'm not a big Kevin Smith fan but I have to admit that I liked this movie very much. There are some personal conflicts that not many movie-makers talk about; in this case, it's your partner's love past. Smith brings his own experience to the movie and it's told in an interesting manner.

SCRIPT "Chasing Amy" has a clever fast-paced script filled with funny lines and intelligent discussions related to love relationships. The cast is surprisingly good. Creative script that works as a comedy, a drama, or a romantic comedy with Smith's personal touch.

CAST Ben Affleck gives a totally believable performance as the lead male character; Joey Lauren Adams was simply great in her role, and what can I say about Jason Lee? He stole the show whenever he was on screen.

Supporting characters like Jay and Silent Bob were a good addition and the movie asked for them.

FUN FACTOR It's very high. The subplots are entertaining and the climatic scene involving the three main characters has great dialog.

7/10. Surprisingly good. Recommended for open minded people.

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