Chasing Amy (1997)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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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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  • Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil
  • Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams in Chasing Amy (1997)
  • Joey Lauren Adams stars as Alyssa Jones
  • Kevin Smith in Chasing Amy (1997)
  • Joey Lauren Adams stars as Alyssa Jones
  • Holden & Banky

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16 September 2003 | El Guapo-2
casting couch gone awry again
I thought this was a pretty good film for a first time filmmaker...until I learned it was Kevin Smith's fourth film (three features and a documentary). It continually astonishes me to learn how many of my college "back in the day" friends liked this film. The preoccupation with "lesbians" is something that most men grow out of, say, by the 8th or 9th grade, unless they suffer some sort of arrested development. And what is it with Joey Lauren Adams squeaky voice and the constant use of soft focus with her closeups? I guess there is something to be said for having a relationship with the director. Either the publicity poster for the film was heavily doctored, or Adams went off her Ritalin regimen, but she looks awful in the film. Don't even get me started on Affleck, see my review for "Pearl Harbor". He is a very irritating performer who is clearly in love with the sound of his own voice. The only bright spot in the film is Jason Lee, who I could watch in just about anything, he's one of the brightest new talents to come along in cinema since Johnny Depp had his breakthrough with "Edward Scissorhands".

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