Chasing Amy

Chasing Amy

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Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee

     
 

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After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with this low budget, independent comedy-drama about love, sex and the fine line between the two. Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil, a New Jersey comic book writer who is roommates with his best friend and professional partner, artist Banky… See more details below

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After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with this low budget, independent comedy-drama about love, sex and the fine line between the two. Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil, a New Jersey comic book writer who is roommates with his best friend and professional partner, artist Banky Edwards (Jason Lee). Their hit comic book series, "Bluntman and Chronic," is loosely patterned after a pair of acquaintances, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Smith), two characters already familiar as supporting players in several Smith films. Into Holden's life comes Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), a lesbian and fellow comic book creator who quickly becomes a close friend, although Holden is powerfully attracted to her. Eventually, Alyssa realizes that she is attracted to Holden as well and they begin a physical relationship, much to the consternation of Banky, whose ire over losing his best friend to a lesbian seems to border on romantic jealousy. After he learns something about Alyssa's sexual past, however, Holden's immature response to his new knowledge destroys both his romance with Alyssa and his friendship with Banky. Chasing Amy (1997) was the third film in what Smith referred to as his "New Jersey series," films set at least partly in the Garden State and featuring the Jay and Silent Bob characters.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Writer-director Kevin Smith took on the increasingly rocky terrain of 1990s love and desire in the low budget, ultra-contemporary romantic comedy Chasing Amy (1997), the final film in his "New Jersey trilogy." In a twist on the conventional boy-meets-girl love story, the unexpected relationship between heterosexual Holden and lesbian Alyssa (with Holden's best buddy Banky a jealous third wheel) becomes an extended, offbeat conversation on how love and sexuality transcend easy definitions and categories through their intrinsic unpredictability. Smith's casually profane, humorously savvy dialogue taps profound sentiments without becoming mired in emotional treacle, even when his characters edge toward long-windedness. Ben Affleck's performance as Holden was one of several in 1997 that earned him the label "rising star" -- even if Jason Lee's Banky had some of the best lines -- while Joey Lauren Adams garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her mercurial Alyssa. Beginning with its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Chasing Amy drew critical and box office kudos, restoring Smith to indie film grace after the failure of Mallrats (1995).

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
UPC:
0031398137221
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
7,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Holden McNeil
Joey Lauren Adams Alyssa Jones
Jason Lee Banky Edwards
Dwight Ewell Hooper
Jason Mewes Jay
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Matt Damon Actor
Brian O'Halloran Actor
Ethan Suplee Actor

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Christopher Del Coro Costumes/Costume Designer
Monica Hampton Production Manager
Robert Hawk Associate Producer
Robert H. Holtzman Production Designer
David Klein Cinematographer
William Kozy Sound/Sound Designer
Shan Lory Casting
Susannah McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Scott Mosier Editor,Producer
John Pierson Executive Producer
Dave Pirner Score Composer
Derrick Tseng Costumes/Costume Designer
John M. Tyson Asst. Director
Jim Williams Art Director

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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Opening titles [:12]
2. "To a really big fan" [:16]
3. Hooper X [:16]
4. Pile of PMS-Alyssa Jones [1:51]
5. Shared moment [3:20]
6. Red Bank, NJ-Bankholup Studios, 2nd floor [3:08]
7. Meow Mix [1:28]
8. Another shared moment [:40]
9. War stories [5:10]
10. Something more personal [2:42]
11. "You are such my bitch!" [:25]
12. Game of skill [2:16]
13. Path of least resistance [4:58]
14. Capture the moment [6:26]
15. "Everyone has an agenda" [1:14]
16. The pronoun game [4:41]
17. The one least likely [2:29]
18. "Finger Cuffs" [:48]
19. Lesbian chic [2:24]
20. Cross examination [4:18]
21. The queen of suruban legend [1:21]
22. Bluntman and Chronic; chasing Amy [6:53]
23. An indecent proposal [3:37]
24. One year later; a very personal story [2:04]
25. End credits [2:38]

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