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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 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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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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Trivia

At the nightclub, Banky and Hooper get into a debate about the sex lives of Archie Andrews and his friends. In an early film role, Ben Affleck appeared, uncredited, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) with Luke Perry; until his death in 2019, Perry played Archie's father Fred in Riverdale (2017). 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 »

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

A little bit more between Hooper and his older boyfriend (played by Bob Hawk); See more »

Connections

Followed by Clerks II (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Jump Start
(1993)
Written by Brian Tighe
Performed by The Hang Ups
Courtesy of Restless Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
(Played during the Holden/Alyssa hanging out montage)
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Clever movie for the open minded.
10 October 2004 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

"It's not who you love, it's how" is a great tagline for the movie.

Affleck's character cannot deal with Lauren's character's past and that's the main reason why they can't maintain a serious relationship.

Silent Bob in a very important scene talks about "Chasing Amy" and that's when everything makes more sense.

I'm not a big Kevin Smith fan but I have to admit that I liked this movie very much. There are some personal conflicts that not many movie-makers talk about; in this case, it's your partner's love past. Smith brings his own experience to the movie and it's told in an interesting manner.

SCRIPT "Chasing Amy" has a clever fast-paced script filled with funny lines and intelligent discussions related to love relationships. The cast is surprisingly good. Creative script that works as a comedy, a drama, or a romantic comedy with Smith's personal touch.

CAST Ben Affleck gives a totally believable performance as the lead male character; Joey Lauren Adams was simply great in her role, and what can I say about Jason Lee? He stole the show whenever he was on screen.

Supporting characters like Jay and Silent Bob were a good addition and the movie asked for them.

FUN FACTOR It's very high. The subplots are entertaining and the climatic scene involving the three main characters has great dialog.

7/10. Surprisingly good. Recommended for open minded people.


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Country:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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