Chasing Amy

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Released 1997

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Director:
Kevin Smith
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Chasing Amy is the third installment in the "New Jersey Trilogy" from awardwinning writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma). Cult comicbook artist Holden (Ben Affleck) falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself. Filled with Smith's unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, Chasing Amy offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and selfdoubt skew reality.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A little movie with big truths, a work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Smith's knowing humor and unruffled style make a good antidote to gender chaos. Music by David Pirner contributes to the film's loose, inviting mood.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Much of the dialogue is good, and Smith does a decent job of presenting the emotional fallout from every major participant's p.o.v.

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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance, Independent, Gay & Lesbian