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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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Storyline

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

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It's not who you love. It's how. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akolouthontas tin Amy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Before Mallrats (1995) was released, Kevin Smith had written this movie as a teen flick in the same vein as Clueless (1995), taking place in high school with Ethan Suplee as one of the leads. Since "Mallrats" failed at the box office, this film's setting and premise changed. See more »

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While Holden and Alyssa argue in the rain, they are standing in front of an alley where it is clearly not raining. See more »

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

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Referenced in Good Will Hunting (1997) See more »

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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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