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Chasing Amy (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  4 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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Dalia
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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 since 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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4 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasing 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

Kevin Smith:  [jaws]  When Holden and Alyssa go skee-balling, there is a coin machine with the name "Gottlieb" on it (a major arcade-game maker). Carl Gottlieb co-wrote Jaws. The sequence in the club, where Banky and Alyssa compare cunnilingus scars and stories, parodies a similar scene on board the boat in Jaws (1975) between Hooper and Quint. In a lecture at Indiana University, Smith mentioned that the latter scene was originally intended for his film Mallrats (1995) but was axed by the studio. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Banky and Alyssa are sharing "oral sex injuries" tales, Banky comments that he cant move his head very far on the right. But right before, when Alyssa is kissing Kim, and he realizes he's in a gay bar, he tilts his head to the right (which is a constant Jason Lee move). 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Spoofed in Chasing Jason (2004) See more »

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We're In It for the Money
Written by Philip C. Owen, Jeremy M. Mitchell and Christopher D. Bates
Performed by Choreboy
Courtesy of Triple X Records
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4 December 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Chasing Amy" is a clever and engaging urban love story that just exudes with Kevin Smith's gritty humour. The film's examination of sexuality, and everything involved with it, doesn't for one second sound untrue, even when it makes sure that everything being pointed out is expressed frankly and colourfully. It's not everyday we get a story of a heterosexual man falling in love with a homosexual woman, and although the concept could easily have resulted in a disaster of a movie, "Chasing Amy" manages to layer everything almost flawlessly. There are no predictable pitfalls in this film, and nothing is wrapped up in a neat little package. We are offered a group of characters that are likable but flawed, who don't always get, or give, what we would usually expect. I have to say, I never knew what was going to happen next, it manages to be consistenly offbeat without being unrealistic. Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams have incredible chemistry together, perfectly displaying all the emotional complications a relationship as eccentric as theirs would have. Jason Lee was also outstanding in his role of the vaguely jealous best friend. The only thing that bothered me about this film was there was too much YELLING!! and it was slightly uneven at times. But generally I liked it a lot, and I'm just thankful that Kevin Smith is producing such fine work like this, it is truly a refreshing escape from Hollywood's formulaic sap.


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