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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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Taglines:

It's not who you love. It's how. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Amy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,446, 6 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,006,514, 28 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Kevin Smith pitched the idea to Miramax, he also said that he had written the parts with his friends Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and Joey Lauren Adams in mind. Miramax, however, wanted to cast people who already had celebrity status, such as Jon Stewart, David Schwimmer, and Drew Barrymore (these three were actually suggested). The film's original budget of $3 million depended on Miramax's support. Ultimately, Smith suggested that he make the movie with his three original actors on his own, and Miramax could buy it for distribution if they liked it. Miramax owners Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein liked this idea, and gave him $250,000 to make the movie (1/24 of the budget of his previous film, Mallrats (1995)). See more »

Goofs

When Holden and Hooper are in the record store, several albums are shown to be misplaced in the wrong sections(the Beatles in the New Age section, Green Day and Faith No More in the Reggae section, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains in the Ska section, Sepultura in the Big Band section, Fugazi in the Jazz section, etc.) 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the skee-ball scene, Alyssa tells Holden that Banky is a passive-aggressive gay basher, partially for what he said in the EA Hockey scene; See more »

Connections

References Showgirls (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Impression That I Get
(1996)
Written by Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman
Performed by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Courtesy of Mercury Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
(Played during the bar scene after the comicon)
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One Of My Favorite Movies
7 October 2005 | by americanadian25See all my reviews

Being a huge Kevin Smith fan, its no wonder I love this movie so much, it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Its a close toss up for my favorite Smith movie, right next to Clerks.

The Plot: Holden McNeil(Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards(Jason Lee) are two long time best friends and the co-creators of their successful comic book Bluntman and Chronic. One day while they were pushing their comic at a comic/sci fi convention, they met a girl named Alyssa Jones. Holden immediately falls for Alyssa, but his hopes are shattered once he finds out a shocking surprise, she's a lesbian. Still, they form a great friendship which only makes Holden more in love with her. Once Holden reveals his love to Alyssa, they form what seems like a great relationship. Things change; however, once Banky fears that this friendship will affect their long friendship and Holden has to deal with Alyssa's rich past.

The Good: This is a very well done movie. Kevin Smith is well known for his creative dialog and clever direction in all of his movies, this is no exception. The actors performances, especially those of Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Joey Lauren Adams, and Dwight Ewell, is exceptional. You won't find better direction for this kind of movie. I normally don't like love stories but this is one of those rare exceptions.

The Bad: Nothing really bad about this movie but its not for everyone. First off, the movie deals with some really touchy subject matter. Its also one of the most profane movies I've seen. If you are offended of either one of these subjects, I wouldn't recommend it.

Overall: Chasing Amy is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I give it a 10/10!


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