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Chasing Amy (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 April 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim (as Carmen Lee)
Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebbel ...
Train Kid
Tony Torn ...
Rebecca Waxman ...
Paris Petrick ...


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


Finally, a comedy that tells it like it feels. 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  »

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Smith:  [New Jersey]  Main bulk of the story occurring in New Jersey. 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

The producers wish to thank ... the Allred family ... Jack Anderson's music ... See more »


Referenced in The Puppet Monster Massacre (2010) See more »


Written by Kevin Shiver (as KJ)
Performed by K5
Courtesy of Robbins Entertainment, LLC
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User Reviews

Not to be missed!!!
16 May 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

My all-time favourite film! Kevin Smith creates such truly endearing, eccentric, quirky characters, and then manages to cast actors who seem destined to play their roles. Joey Lauren Adams steals the show (we need to see more of this brilliant gem!), and the Jason Lee / Ben Affleck dynamic is really powerful - all of the actors appear so natural and comfortable, and Jason Mewes is a gift from God (and that's coming from an athiest!). A beautifully written conversational comedy that very gently uncovers the hypocrisy surrounding gender relationships. This film goes way beyond the 'acceptance of sexual preference' cliche, and instead concentrates on the insecurities that all human beings are born with - gay or straight! Mr Smith, you are truly a genius!!!

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