Chasing Amy [DVD] 
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Comic book writers Holden (Ben Affleck) and Banky (Jason Lee) meet Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) at a convention. Holden is smitten with her, and despite the fact that Alyssa has a girlfriend and claims never to have slept with a man, the couple become friends. When Holden tells Alyssa that he loves her, she reciprocates, and they start sleeping together. But his friend Banky becomes jealous and sets out to wreck the relationship.
Writer-director Kevin Smith (Clerks) makes a huge leap in sophistication with this strong story about a comic-book artist (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams) and actually gets his wish that she love him, too. Their relationship is attacked, however, by his business partner (Jason Lee), who pulls a very unsubtle Iago act to cast doubt over the whole affair. The film has the same sense of insiderness as Clerks--this time, Smith takes us within the arcane, funny world of comic-book cultism--but the themes of jealousy, deceit and the high price of growing up enough to truly care for someone make this a very satisfying movie. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Languages (Main Feature): English (DTS 5.1 - HD), German (DTS 5.1), Spanish (2.0)
Subtitles (Main Feature): English, Thai, Chinese, Bahasa, Malaysian, Korean, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Danish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Turkish, Arabic, Romanian
Run Time: 113mins approx
The plot is pretty straight forward but the quality of the writing is the thing that sets it a part from the rest of the films of its ink.
Affleck and Adams pull off terrific performances as the lovers, Affleck in particular performs the best he ever has in this film. But Jason Lee steals the show once again (much like Jeff Anderson in Clerks) as the jealous best friend. He not only performs with hilarity but with a heart too. He plays the funny man perfectly and much of it is reminiscent of his past performance in 'Rats. A great part casted to perfection, hats off to him. Jay and Silent Bob make a welcome appearance in another memorable scene, but it isnt as comedic as their parts in 'Rats (nor should it be) but they are there and their presence is felt.
The script is incredible, Smith wrote an absolutely amazing declaration of Love acted beautifully by affleck and it really shows his sensitive side.
Overall a film that truely deserves all the praise Clerks had and more. It will make you laugh, cry and think hard about love and sexuality. The best of the New Jersey "trilogy".
Effectively, it uses a similar plotline (for those of you who have seen TOOMA), by having Holden McNeil and 'Banky', who are two comic book writers. They meet Allysa Jones via a mutual friend, who is a black, gay comic book writer (who gives the best ever summary of star wars in under two minutes). Obviously, Holden falls for Allysa, and then finds out she's a lesbian. After some brilliantly scripted dialogue, they end up together, until Allysa's past 'experiences' catch up with them. It doesn't end as you'd expect, and while it makes a complete mockery of everything, it also has a quite deep feeling to it. I borrowed the DVD, which was packed with extra's. However, if you don't like anything that isn't mainstream, borrow it first, but I'm still pretty sure you'll love it
The plot focuses on Holden Mc McNeil (Ben Affleck), a successful comic book artist who has yet to fall really and truly in love. While at a comic book show with his friend of twenty years and collaborator, Banky Edwards (Jason Lee), with whom he lives, Holden ends up meeting a struggling, spunky, independent, female comic book artist, the gorgeous and sexy Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams). The only problem is that she claims to like women. This self-styled lesbian and Holden begin a friendship, however, that eventually deepens into something else.
Unfortunately, a strange love triangle of sorts seems to develop among Alyssa, Holden, and Banky, as Banky takes a strong dislike to Alyssa when she and Holden manage to take their relationship to the next level. The seemingly jealous Banky does his best to try to erode the bonds between the two, but it is Holden himself who does the most to erode what he and Alyssa have, with a little inadvertent help from Alyssa. It seems that the concept of unconditional love is one with which Holden has a problem.
This is a gender bender sort of film, with wonderful performances by the entire cast. Ben Affleck is well cast as Holden, giving a winning performance. Jason Lee is terrific as the erstwhile best friend with issues. Joey Lauren Adams lights up the screen every time she is in a scene. She does a terrific job with the role of the conflicted Alyssa. Dwight Ewell is sensational as Hooper LaMont, the ostensibly racist comic book artist, who has his own issues and is quite funny.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its not Kevin Smith's finest - that has to be the original Clerks, but its an ok and funny watch and worth indulging in despite it being marketed as a as something it never was.Published 3 months ago by FD54
Kevin Smiths best film by far, very different than his others still holds up ( even with Afflecks creepy dance )Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an O.k film by Kevin Smith however its not up there with the likes of Dogma, The acting is good however I did feel the movie lacked flow in certain parts and didn't feel it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
Nice movie from Kevin Smith with some good humour and characterisation. Still can't top Mallrats but still in his top three for me though.Published 7 months ago by Richard Rowell
Turgid sort of bio-pic with a female protagonist that doesn't really hang together. The script is a nonsense and the too dark photography left me at least wondering what had... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dan Smith