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Chasing Amy (1997)

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 gay.

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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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Sex is easy. Love is hard. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akolouthontas tin Amy  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,446 (USA) (4 April 1997)

Gross:

$12,006,514 (USA) (26 September 1997)
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Trivia

During the argument between Alyssa and Holden outside of the hockey game, Alyssa mentions that's she had let Shannon Hamilton videotape them having sex, only to have him broadcast the video on their college campus cable station. Ben Affleck plays Shannon Hamilton in Mallrats (1995) where he also is videotaped having sex (with Alyssa's sister Tricia, no less) and its broadcast during a dating game show in the local mall. See more »

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Hooper-X is asked to sign the little boy's comic book at the record store, and as the boy walks away, the comic book is seen to be an Avengers comic (the advertisement on the back indicates that it is from the early-to-mid '80s). See more »

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[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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To all the critics that didn't like our last movie: "All is forgiven." See more »


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Let's Go
(1979)
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by Ernie Isley
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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4 December 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Chasing Amy" is a clever and engaging urban love story that just exudes with Kevin Smith's gritty humour. The film's examination of sexuality, and everything involved with it, doesn't for one second sound untrue, even when it makes sure that everything being pointed out is expressed frankly and colourfully. It's not everyday we get a story of a heterosexual man falling in love with a homosexual woman, and although the concept could easily have resulted in a disaster of a movie, "Chasing Amy" manages to layer everything almost flawlessly. There are no predictable pitfalls in this film, and nothing is wrapped up in a neat little package. We are offered a group of characters that are likable but flawed, who don't always get, or give, what we would usually expect. I have to say, I never knew what was going to happen next, it manages to be consistenly offbeat without being unrealistic. Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams have incredible chemistry together, perfectly displaying all the emotional complications a relationship as eccentric as theirs would have. Jason Lee was also outstanding in his role of the vaguely jealous best friend. The only thing that bothered me about this film was there was too much YELLING!! and it was slightly uneven at times. But generally I liked it a lot, and I'm just thankful that Kevin Smith is producing such fine work like this, it is truly a refreshing escape from Hollywood's formulaic sap.


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