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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


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:

4 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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Kevin Smith wrote the three issues of the "Bluntman and Chronic" comic book that Holden and Banky produced in the film, and then released through Image Comics. Inside each issue, Smith credited: Written by Banky Edwards and Holden McNeil, Pencils by Holden McNeil, Inks by Banky Edwards. See more »


Hooper-X is asked to sign the little boy's comic book at the record store, and as the boy walks away, the comic book is seen to be an Avengers comic (the advertisement on the back indicates that it is from the early-to-mid '80s). 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 »


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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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