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Chasing Amy (1997)

R  |   |  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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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:

4 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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Smith wrote the script inspired by his experience with then-girlfriend Joey Lauren Adams. See more »


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


Followed by Clerks II (2006) See more »


Prelude #2 in C Minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Vocal arranged by Petra Haden
Performed by Petra Haden
Courtesy of WIN Records
(Played after Alyssa storms out of Holden's car)
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A movie that knows how people talk
21 June 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

To me a film can have no action and no real special effects and still be great. If that film can take it's characters and make them interesting by making them speak the way we know people do, then you are left with a fantastic film. So is the case with Kevin Smith's wonderful film Chasing Amy.

For anyone who thought that Ben Affleck couldn't act, watch this movie and enjoy how he plays Holden. He is honest in his approach to a character that is as complex as any great movie character. Also cast perfectly is Joey Lauren Adams as his girlfriend and Jason Lee is so good as Banky, his best friend and business partner that I really could have seen him with an Oscar nod that year.

Kevin Smith's strength is that he knows how people talk and he is honest in his assessment of his characters. And that is what makes this film the gem that it is. And did I mention that it is a wonderful romance and it is wickedly funny?

If all you've ever seen of Kevin Smith is Clerks, then check out this awesome flick. It certainly makes you appreciate how good Smith is at writing characters. A really great film.

Note**** If anyone is a true fan of Jaws ( and I, like Smith think it is the greatest movie ever made ) then watch for the scene in Jaws where Hooper and Quint compare wounds to be parodied hilariously in this film.

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