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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

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Trivia

Carmen Llywelyn (Kim, Alyssa's lesbian lover) was the wife of Jason Lee (credited as Carmen Lee). Joey Lauren Adams, who played Alyssa was Kevin Smith's girlfriend. See more »

Goofs

During the hockey fight #12's helmet is off, then on, then off again. See more »

Quotes

[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 director would like to thank... GOD - For all that's come before, all that'll come after, and most importantly, for right now. JOEY - For giving me something personal to say. I love you poopie. (First one who laughs gets decked!) SCOTT - Master of the Impossible, ying to my yang, heart of my heart... He's my cherry pie. BEN - Outstanding. Outstanding, this guy. JASON LEE - For kicking it Reynold's style. DWIGHT - Hi Duh-Wight. JAY - My little Mewes. JON GORDON - Why, Why, Why?!? MOM & DAD - I know I've got a PG in me somewhere. JOHN PIERSON - Guru, Czar, friend. DAVE - For the prettiest pictures yet. At bargain basement prices, no less! BOB HAWK - For being there from the start, teaching us what makes a movie great, and always doing the dishes. HARVEY - Who, like a good parent, gives us money, offers endless moral support, and spanks us when we need spanking (okay... everything but the spanking part). MIKE ALLRED - For fulfilling this fanboy's dream. See you in the funny papers. THE CAST AND CREW - Who worked for nothing, yet gave everything. MATT SEITZ - For the one review that made a difference. BRIAN MACKEWICH AND BAM - For the extra mile... and the hundred more that followed. See more »

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Connections

Referenced in Shredder (2011) See more »

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Be Yourself
(1987)
Written by Kirth Anthony Atkins (as K. Atkins), Jalil Hutchins (as J. Hutchins) and Hugo Lamott York (as H. York)
Performed by Whodini
Courtesy of Zomba Recording Corp.
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Smith's best. Affleck's best. One of the greatest love stories ever.
7 June 2005 | by Mr_NoirSee all my reviews

Love stories are difficult to do well. So is comedy. Kevin Smith does both. Very very well.

Chasing Amy is, in my opinion Kevin Smith's best movie (Clerks 2nd, Dogma 3rd) and I really don't know where to start the praise.

Traditionally, Hollywood romantic comedies are... well, bad. Really lame PG-13 comedy, with some catch phrase repeated ad nauseum, and always some sort of "hilarious" incident involving a baby or a cute dog. And the characters are just as annoying as the lame jokes, so ultimately, you don't really care about whether or not they get together in the end.

Chasing Amy is different. These characters are lifelike.This isn't a romantic comedy for teenage girls. It's a movie for adults. Almost everyone can relate to being a situation where they've loved someone so much, but due to certain circumstances, you just weren't able to have that person. And I guess that's what Amy's all about. Unrequited love. Well, Unrequited love and sexual identity, but that's another topic for another day.

The real genius of this film is that for all it's serious themes, it manages to convey it's message without being at all pretentious. Most independent films have this sort of, arrogant pretentious "I'm so artistic" feel about them.......And I hate that. Smith's success lies in the fact that his movies are meaningful, and they're actually funny as well. And Chasing Amy is no exception.

In short, you'll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining, and realistic love story than Chasing Amy. It's combination of hilarious dialogue, interesting characters, and realistic themes makes it a winner.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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