Chasing Amy

April 4th, 1997


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Still of Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams in Chasing AmyJoey Lauren Adams stars as Alyssa JonesWriter/director Kevin SmithJoey Lauren Adams stars as Alyssa JonesBen Affleck stars as Holden McNeilHolden & Banky

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.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.4/10 (74,091 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Kevin Smith

Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Ethan Suplee

A pair of comic book authors named Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards, who live in New Jersey, have been best friends since 20 years. They spend their time working in their studio, and in the evenings they are going out. But their friendship is about to be disputed for the first time in their life, when a beautiful young lesbian woman named Alyssa Jones enters their life and Holden falls in love with her. Now Holden has to deal with Banky's jealousy, and with his new girlfriend's very rich past.

Ethan Suplee - Fan
Ben Affleck - Holden McNeil
Scott Mosier - Collector
Jason Lee - Banky Edwards
Casey Affleck - Little Kid
Dwight Ewell - Hooper X
Joey Lauren Adams - Alyssa Jones
Guinevere Turner - Singer
Carmen Llywelyn - Kim (as Carmen Lee)
Brian O'Halloran - Jim Hicks - Executive #1
Matt Damon - Shawn Oran - Executive #2
Alexander Goebel - Train Kid
Tony Torn - Cashier
Rebecca Waxman - Dalia
Paris Petrick - Tory

Taglines: It's not who you love. It's how.


Official Website: Miramax [United States] | View Askew |

Release Date: 4 April 1997

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $250,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $52,446 (USA) (6 April 1997) (3 Screens)

Gross: $12,006,514 (USA) (28 September 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Banky's comic "Baby Dave" is a reference to David Klein, director of photography for Clerks., Mallrats and this film.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where Banky and Alyssa are sharing "oral sex injuries" tales, Banky comments that he cant move his head very far on the right. But right before, when Alyssa is kissing Kim, and he realizes he's in a gay bar, he tilts his head to the right (which is a constant Jason Lee move).

[first lines]
Comic Book Writer #1: I don't know. I love Chow Yun Fat. I just don't see him playing Batman.

User Review


Rating: 8/10

"Chasing Amy" is a clever and engaging urban love story that just exudes with Kevin Smith's gritty humour. The film's examination of sexuality, and everything involved with it, doesn't for one second sound untrue, even when it makes sure that everything being pointed out is expressed frankly and colourfully. It's not everyday we get a story of a heterosexual man falling in love with a homosexual woman, and although the concept could easily have resulted in a disaster of a movie, "Chasing Amy" manages to layer everything almost flawlessly. There are no predictable pitfalls in this film, and nothing is wrapped up in a neat little package. We are offered a group of characters that are likable but flawed, who don't always get, or give, what we would usually expect. I have to say, I never knew what was going to happen next, it manages to be consistenly offbeat without being unrealistic. Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams have incredible chemistry together, perfectly displaying all the emotional complications a relationship as eccentric as theirs would have. Jason Lee was also outstanding in his role of the vaguely jealous best friend. The only thing that bothered me about this film was there was too much YELLING!! and it was slightly uneven at times. But generally I liked it a lot, and I'm just thankful that Kevin Smith is producing such fine work like this, it is truly a refreshing escape from Hollywood's formulaic sap.