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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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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 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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joey Lauren Adams wrote the song she sings. It was originally a country song, but Kevin Smith requested they pump it up a bit. See more »

Goofs

The CDs in the record store scene are often in places they should not be. Beatles CDs can be seen in the "new age" section, and Green Day can be seen in the "reggae" section. See more »

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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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References What's Happening!! (1976) See more »

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Be Yourself
(1987)
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A Multi-Level Classic
24 April 2003 | by AndytheDirectorSee all my reviews

Most everyone should know the plot from reading the summary, but just in case, here's the story: Holden and Banky have been best friends for 20+ years, having known each other since grade school. They now work together on a comic book called "Bluntman and Chronic", which is basically Jay and Silent Bob as superheroes (Note: It's probably best that you've seen Clerks and Mallrats beforehand, as this is the third in his interconnected Askewniverse series, which refers to characters, places, and events throughout each film and has the one constant of Jay and Bob in it.) One night, Holden falls in love with Alyssa Jones while playing darts after a comicon. The next night, he goes to see her and finds out she's a lesbian. However, they become friends and and he soon enough falls in love with her, and they start a relationship, much to Banky's disgust, throwing their friendship into the trash.

This film not only is a great story and a meaningful message about friendship, love, and accepting the past, but an allegory for the years before he made this movie. Notice how "Bluntman And Chronic" is a hit but critically slammed (in the DVD special features of deleted scenes), just like Mallrats was. Also, Alyssa is (literally and figuratively) Joey Lauren Adams, Smith's girlfriend at the time who he broke up with over her past. Holden writes the comic in the end as an apology to her, just like Smith made the movie as an apology/Valentine to Joey. All the characters are him on some level.

This movie rocks. Skip renting the video and buy Criterion's awesome DVD, with deleted scenes, an awesome commentary track, and much more


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