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Chasing Amy (1997)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 83
Fresh: 73
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Chasing Amy explores gender roles, sexual mores, and the limits of friendship with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and director/screenwriter Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: Chasing Amy explores gender roles, sexual mores, and the limits of friendship with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty, and director/screenwriter Kevin Smith's signature raunchy humor.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 195,310



Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong, graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Kevin Smith
In Theaters:
Jun 1, 2000
Miramax Films


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Critic Reviews for Chasing Amy

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (10) | DVD (27)

With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Top Critic

As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Slowly, like a latent teen pulled against his will into adulthood, Kevin Smith is growing up. But he's not growing quietly.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Chasing Amy represents a change in direction for Smith, with drama before gags. A chick flick for blokes.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Total Film

The movie reinforces his gift for dialogue, but his ability to handle actors, compose scenes or keep track of his own story is negligible.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Philadelphia Daily News

Chasing Amy often is convulsively funny.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[A] cool, hilarious and sexy romantic comedy.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Radio Times

Although [Smith's] dialogue is often witty, he still relies on blunt sexual humor to get his point across.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Christian Science Monitor

Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Baltimore Sun

Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

The third installment of Kevin Smith's New Jersey Trilogy is also the only Kevin Smith movie that's worth any serious attention.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010

Like a raw nerve tweaked over and over again by emotions both radiant and revealing, Chasing Amy is as close to a masterpiece as Smith has ever created.

Full Review… | November 21, 2009

Chasing Amy suggests that Smith could do so much better if only he would push himself.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
Slant Magazine

Smith's most mature film. Yes, it's filled with crude dialogue, blunt descriptions of sex and an overkill of Star Wars references, but it uses these to dig deeper and make its subject matter more accessible.

Full Review… | November 15, 2009

Better than the misjudged Mallrats, and there is no doubt that Chasing Amy has its heart in the right place.

Full Review… | February 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Chasing Amy

This is simply the best Kevin Smith movie imo. While many may disagree its the from the heart feel of this movie that makes it something special and has made Kevin Smith an amazing icon to me.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Chasing Amy is a heartfelt, original and interesting story, Joey Lauren Adams is very good in the lead role and Kevin Smith really did make a huge impact into the world of independent film making that deserves recognition. However, apart from Joey Lauren Adams and a comedic turn from Dwight Ewell, the acting is pretty average, the writing is patchy and it's not filmed particularly well. I think Kevin Smith progressed with this film by learning from the many mistakes he made here, his follow up film Dogma being the proof. I do like its 90s feel though, makes me feel very nostalgic of the era that I loved but the fact I didn't see it back then and waited until now probably effects my judgement also. Not bad but really not the intellectual masterpiece its hype would have you believe, more like a European film for middle-American teenagers who don't watch European films.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Chasing Amy is very good comedy film from Kevin Smith and is the third film featuring Jay & Silent Bob. Smith uses all the usual tricks that have made his films unique. The cast here are great, and the plot is funny and quirky and totally original. Kevin Smith's films tend to explore ideas which would normally be passed up by a different director. Each film he has made has been funny and memorable. Chasing Amy is one of three romantic comedies that Smith would direct and he makes his rom coms very differently than the traditional rom coms, which are predictable and full of clichés. The film is funny and the cast have good on-screen chemistry, especially Jason Lee and Ben Affleck. I don't normally enjoy rom coms, but Chasing Amy is quite different. Smith layers the script with his traditional humor, which adds so much to the film. The film has much more drama than Smith's previous works, and it shows his maturity as a filmmaker while retaining the same things that we expect from a Kevin Smith film. The film has just the right amount of seriousness and humor to make this worth seeing and if you love Kevin Smith films, then check this one out. Chasing has its imperfections, but it has heart and is entertaining from start to finish. This is an underrated film and Chasing Amy of one of the best films from Smith and is an overlooked gem in his filmography. The film has a well written script that delivers the laughs and charm. Kevin Smith is a good filmmaker, and he has a knack to create original films that are very different than most comedies. Chasing Amy is a great film, and is a different type of Kevin Smith film.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

"I don't know what has taken me so long to watch this. But I finally got to it. Christmas shopping is stressful, and I just wanted a good comedy to watch so I could relax a bit. This movie satisfied that. I loved Jason Lee in this. He's very funny and outspoken with no filter. I like that in people. Dwight Ewell was a lot of fun in this as well. I liked the story. I found it to be fresh and a lot of fun. The build up of Holden and Alyssa's relationship was refreshing. There was no cheesy crap. Well unless you count the part where their in Holden's car and he's expressing his mushy feeling's for her. I couldn't help but roll my eyes. It's not that it wasn't honest and sweet. But I am one of those chicks that if I heard a guy start talking to me like that I would run the other way quick. I'm odd. Anyways, I loved the movie. Kevin Smith did a great job with this."


Super Reviewer

Chasing Amy Quotes

Holden McNeil:
There's a world of fucking difference between typical high school sex and two guys at once! They fucking used you?
Alyssa Jones:
I used them! You don't think I would've let it happen if I hadn't wanted it to, do you?! I was an experimental girl, for Christ's sake! Maybe you knew early on that your track was from point 'a' to 'b' - but unlike you I wasn't given a fucking map at birth, so I tried it all! That is until we - that's you and I - got together, and suddenly, I was sated. Can't you take some fucking comfort in that? You turned out to be all I was ever looking for - the missing piece in the big fucking puzzle! [tries to calm down] Look I'm sorry I let you believe that you were the only guy I'd ever been with. I should've been more honest. But it seemed to make you feel special in a way that me telling you over an over again how incredible you are would never get across. [she touches his face. He pulls back. She stares at him, hurt and pissed] Do you mean to tell me that - while you have zero problem with me sleeping with half the women in New York City - you have some sort of half-assed, mealy-mouthed objection to pubescent antics, that took place almost ten years ago? What the fuck is your problem?
Holden McNeil:
[eyes are downcast. Alyssa waits for a response] I want us to be something that we can't.
Alyssa Jones:
And what's that?
Holden McNeil:
A normal couple.
– Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
Holden McNeil:
What are you doing?
Alyssa Jones:
Get back in the car and get out of here.
Holden McNeil:
Your'e going to hitch to New York?
Alyssa Jones:
Holden McNeil:
Aren't you at least going to comment?
Alyssa Jones:
Here's my comment fuck you.
Holden McNeil:
Alyssa Jones:
That was so unfair. You know how unfair that was.
Holden McNeil:
It's unfair that I'm in love with you?
Alyssa Jones:
No, it's unfortunate that you're in love with me. It's unfair that you felt the fucking need to unburden your soul about it. Do you remember for a fucking second who I am?
Holden McNeil:
So? People change.
Alyssa Jones:
Oh, it's that simple? You fall in love with me and want a romantic relationship, nothing changes for you with the exception of feeling hunky-dorey all the time. But what about-me? It's not that simple, is it? I can't just get into a relationship with you without throwing my whole fucking world into upheaval!
Holden McNeil:
But that's every relationship! There's always going to be a period of adjustment.
Alyssa Jones:
Holden McNeil:
if this is a crush... then I don't know if I could take the real thing if it ever happens.
Alyssa Jones:
Go home, Holden.
– Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
Holden McNeil:
I love you.
Alyssa Jones:
[beat] You love me.
Holden McNeil:
I love you. And not in a friendly way, although I think we're great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I'm sure that's what you'll call it. And it's not because you're unattainable. I love you. Very simple, very truly. You're the epitome of every attribute and quality I've ever looked for in another person. I know you think of me as just a friend and crossing that line is the furthest thing from an option you'd ever consider. But I can't do this any longer. I can't stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can't look into your eyes without feeling that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can't talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are. I know this will probably queer our friendship - no pun intended - but I had to say it, because I've never felt this before, and I like who I am because of it. And if bringing it to light means we can't hang out anymore, then that hurts me. But I couldn't allow another day to go by without getting it out there, regardless of the outcome, which by the look on your face is to be the inevitable shoot-down. And I'll accept that But I know some part of you is hesitating for a moment, and if there is a moment of hesitation, that means you feel something too. All I ask is that you not suppress that - at least for ten minutes - and try to dwell in it before you dismiss it. There isn't another soul on this fucking planet who's ever made me the person I am when I'm with you, and I would risk this friendship for the chance to take it to the next plateau. Because it's there between you and me. You can't deny that. And even if we never speak again after tonight, please know that I'm forever changed because of you and what you've meant to me, which - while I do appreciate it - I'd never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.
– Submitted by Jordan P (2 years ago)
Silent Bob:
Bitch, what you don't know about me I could just about squeeze in the Grand fuckin' Canyon. Did you know I always wanted to be a dancer in Vegas? No? Bet you didn't even know that shit did you?
– Submitted by Ethan R (2 years ago)
Silent Bob:
Chasing Amy...
Holden McNeil:
What? What did you say?
Silent Bob:
You're chasing Amy.
Whadda you look so shocked for, man? Fat bastard does this all the time. He thinks just 'coz he don't say anything it'll have some huge impact when he does open his fucking mouth-
Silent Bob:
Jesus Christ, why don't you shut up? Always yap-yap--yappin' all the time, gimme a fucking headache.
– Submitted by Ethan R (2 years ago)

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