Movie Review: Chasing Amy (1997)

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Comedy

Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee) are best friends and illustrators of their own comic book, and mildly successful at events like Comic Con. Holden then meets a girl named Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams) who he is wild about.  There’s only one problem, Alyssa is gay.  Banky is disturbed by the fact that his best friend has fallen head over heels in love with a lesbian, and he engages in calling her a series of derogatory names, and being generally dismissive of the relationship.   Incredibly, they start dating.  Curious, Holden starts looking into Alyssa’s past, and finds some pretty scandalous behavior on Alyssa’s part, and confronts her about it. They fight and the relationship cools.  Holden has a big idea to save the relationship, will it work?

I don’t like this movie.  Kevin Smith wrote and directed this movie, and the rough language, the way guys talk, the part of Clerks that worked so well, proves to be a distraction here.   Every other word is the f-bomb or another curse word or a brutally frank discussion of sexual practices.  I’m far from a prude, but all this cursing and sex talk made me uncomfortable.  Affleck plays a sad sack throughout the film, and it’s hard to see why he is so crazy about Alyssa.  Joey Lauren Adams overacts wildly, screaming her dialogue at one point, sobbing at others, all very overwrought.  The film is shot in a irritatingly grainy method , making it look even more amateurish.   This movie tried very hard to be a hip, modern version of a romantic comedy, and failed miserably.

Chasing Amy:  Chased me away.

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