Chasing Amy Reviews
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.
Writer-director Kevin Smith made a name for himself in the independent film world with his adult (NC-17 level) dialogue-heavy movie "Clerks" in 1994. His follow-up walked within those same general footprints, albeit with more funding, and became the mess that only fans could stomach. His third movie, "Chasing Amy", was a surprisingly mature departure, as he merged the profanity-laced humor of his first two efforts with an unexpected emotional storyline. "Chasing Amy" tells the story of a comic book writer, his best friend (the "tracer"), and the lesbian who threatens to come between them. In a matter of speaking it's a high concept romantic comedy with a lesbian tossed in for good measure. It's a hetero-male fantasy that plays out a scenario of a straight male getting a lesbian to fall for him. The improbability of the situation is broached again and again to comedic and emotional satisfaction. In a way, the film is more about relationships in general and the manners in which those in them try to change or "fix" the other. It's a great film written by an intelligent guy who thankfully doesn't only kow tow to the base needs of his core audience.
Chasing Amy is something most comedies can't be. It's vulgar, funny, and yet insightful. It centers around love, be it gay or straight, and friendship. It's a really funny movie with Kevin Smiths typical sense of humor and dialogue that you either love or hate.
Ben Affleck is pretty good in this movie and it's probably his best performance as he has a reputation of not being the best actor around. Joey Lauren Adams is decent, but her voice is pretty annoying and her emotional outbursts in the movie aren't very believable. The rest of the cast is superb. Jason Lee and Dwight Ewell are both hilarious . Then there's the rest of Smiths normal cast. Silent Bob has some great dialogue about "Chasing Amy."
All in all this is probably one of Smith's better movies, although I will never be able to like one more the Clerks. Chasing Amy is a great comedy/drama. Fans of Kevin Smith definitely can't be disappointed in this.
Alyssa: I love you, I always will. Know that. But I'm not your fucking whore.
In many ways it feels like Smith's finest hour, too often critics are turned off by his "tasteless" use of raw dialogue and uncivilized humor but here it's completely evident that he always has a plan written between the lines for those of us willing to look for it.
The only problems lie in the chemistry between Affleck and Jones, you're never really convinced with the romance between their characters other than their word.
Dwight Ewell and Jason Lee pretty much steal the whole thing, Ben Affleck is just flat, as usual, and a very weak lead character. He takes away a lot from the film. Joey Lauren Adams is hot and charming, the fact that she didn't become a big star is beyond me.
Sort of quirky.