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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.


Kevin Smith


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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 ... Cashier
Rebecca Waxman Rebecca Waxman ... Dalia
Paris Petrick ... Tory


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


When Alyssa is revealing all her lurid stories about her past to Holden. she tells him about having a threesome with Gwen Stacy and Shannon Hamilton, which were Joey Lauren Adams and Ben Affleck's characters in Mallrats (1995). See more »


When Holden and Allysa are at the hockey game, two opposing players square off to start fighting before the other players join in. Player #12 removes his helmet and tosses it to the ice before the fighting starts, but is wearing it again in the next shot. 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

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" ... (promise). See more »

Alternate Versions

More dialogue as Alyssa barters with the diner guy; See more »


References Jaws (1975) See more »


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Performed by David Pirner
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User Reviews

An unconventional romantic comedy.
1 August 2006 | by theshadow908See all my reviews

Chasing Amy tells the story of two comic book artists who have created a hit comic book called Bluntman and Chronic, based off of Jay and Silent Bob. One of them falls in love with a fellow comic book artist who turns out to be a lesbian. Throughout the film he pines for her, much to the dismay of his friend. This isn't the usual Kevin Smith View Askew film, but it's still highly enjoyable.

Kevin Smith had already proved he could make an intelligent comedy with Clerks, as well as a slapstick comedy with Mallrats. Now he proves he can make a romantic comedy with his own unique spin. All of his styles are still there. Comic books, Star Wars, etc. Only this time he adds a relationship. But this isn't your usual romantic comedy. This isn't awkward teenage boy tries to get the girl of his dreams, but instead ends up with the geeky girl that's liked him all along. No, this is the story of a successful comic book artist that unwillingly falls for a lesbian, and tries his best to win her, though the odds are against him. A romantic comedy with Smith's great style is a romantic comedy worth seeing. The story is good, the dialogue is great. My only problem with this movie was that it wasn't as much fun as Mallrats. However, it was more fun than Clerks, at least in my opinion.

The acting was pretty good. Joey Lauren Adams was good in her role, though her voice was a little annoying. Ben Affleck was very good, and Jason Lee was hilarious.

Overall, this is a very good movie for anyone that wants to see a different kind of romantic comedy, but if you're looking for a Mallrats/Jay and Silent Bob type film, this isn't it.


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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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