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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 a lesbian.

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Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Suplee ... Fan
Ben Affleck ... Holden McNeil
Scott Mosier ... Collector
Jason Lee ... Banky Edwards
Casey Affleck ... Little Kid
Dwight Ewell Dwight Ewell ... Hooper X
Joey Lauren Adams ... Alyssa Jones
Guinevere Turner ... Singer
Carmen Llywelyn ... Kim (as Carmen Lee)
Brian O'Halloran ... Jim Hicks - Executive #1
Matt Damon ... Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebbel Alexander Goebbel ... Train Kid
Tony Torn Tony Torn ... Cashier
Rebecca Waxman Rebecca Waxman ... Dalia
Paris Petrick ... Tory
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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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Sex is easy. Love is hard. See more »

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Amy See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997

Gross USA:

$12,021,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,021,272
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For Metro High School Kids
6 April 2008 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Holden (Ben Affleck) and "Banky" (Jason Lee) are two young NYC comic book artists who happen to be bachelor best friends. In their work they interact with all manner of metro hip dudes and dudettes, one of whom is Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), whom they meet at a Black power symposium, lorded over by a gay, Black empowerment dude named Hooper (humorously played by Dwight Ewell). Casual drinks, romantic complications, and massive dialogue ensue.

The main problem I have with this film is that Holden and ... "Banky" (what a kiddie name) are way too preoccupied with sex. Even though they seemingly are in their mid-twenties, they act like pubescent neophytes. Their ongoing arguments about women and sex sound like something out of "Porky's" (1982). Banky gets all bent out of shape over trivial issues; and he reacts with lots of overwrought behavior. The "friendship" between Holden and Alyssa seems contrived, to keep the plot moving. Surely, such a good-looking guy as Holden could find an easier and more compatible love interest. And I never could get a handle on the Alyssa character. With such immature people, and with a talky script that contains an overuse of vulgar terms and sexual references, the film comes across as ... juvenile.

The film's casting is fine. The three leads are certainly right for their parts. However, I must say that Joey Lauren Adams' high pitched, squealing voice was more than a little distracting. I did not like that funky musical number during the title sequence, or the rapper scene in the second half; some convenience store dude raps along in a monologue that was truly annoying.

"Chasing Amy" tries so hard to be ... hip. Clearly, Director Kevin Smith's target audience is metro high school kids. But for many viewers over the age of seventeen, the story, and its irritating characters, will merely seem puerile.


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