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1997 3.6/5 R HD 113 minutes

Comic book artist Holden meets the perfect woman, only to learn that she's a lesbian. But that doesn't stop him from falling in love with her.

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Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith Directed by Kevin Smith

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Languages: English, Spanish

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Awards
  • Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Feature nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee 1998
  • Winner, Independent Spirit Awards - Best Supporting Male 1998 Jason Lee
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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-02-07

 

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

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, 2014-02-07

 

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.

John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2014-02-07

 

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.

Dave Kehr, New York Daily News, 2014-02-07

 

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.

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, 2014-02-07

 

Smith isn't just fooling around anymore.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2009-02-03

 

The third time out is the real charm for writer-director Kevin Smith.

, Hollywood Reporter, 2009-02-03

 

Neither PC nor crudely anti-PC, this tough and tender movie, like its characters, is prepared to take emotional risks, and the comic book milieu is deftly sketched in.

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, 2009-02-03

 

Amusing and appealing.

Todd McCarthy, Variety, 2008-09-05

 

Instead of cool twenty-something irony, Smith startles us with raw emotional honesty.

David Ansen, Newsweek, 2008-03-31

 

The script moves beyond Smith's customary cataloguing of male adolescent ignorance and idiocy to offer sharp insights into the romanticism and pragmatism, pride and double standards that define the tangled threesome.

Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 2006-06-24

 

Smith is at his best when he's letting his movie be silly. The more he chases significance, the more Chasing Amy fails to find its way.

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2002-11-06

 

It's a rude blast of gleeful provocation, a farce about emotional pain, a drama about sexual slapstick.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2001-05-11

 

Work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy.

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 2001-02-14

 

While the surface of his film sparkles with sharp, ironic dialogue, deeper issues are forming, and Chasing Amy develops into a film of touching insights.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01

 

It's too loud, sometimes, and it's always pushy, but it's got heart.

Mary Brennan, Film.com, 2000-01-01

 

What Smith does best in Chasing Amy is write clever, raunchy and emotionally true-to-life dialogue, particularly in the arguments between Holden and Alyssa.

Sean Means, Film.com, 2000-01-01

 

Often funny but ultimately wrenching

Susan Stark, Detroit News, 2000-01-01

 

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.

Paul Tatara, CNN.com, 2014-02-07

 

Can a script exploring some truly deep questions about human sexuality and emotions be any shoddier and wooden? Will Miramax continue to fund one of the worst directors in the business? Don't stay tuned.

Eric Brace, Washington Post, 2002-01-22