Chasing Amy was the first Kevin Smith film I had ever watched, and I liked it… for the most part. The story revolves around comic book artists Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards (Ben Affleck and Jason Lee), who are the creators of the famous Bluntman & Chronic comics. At a convention, they meet a fellow comic book artist Alyssa, who is played by Joey Lauren Adams (bonus points for having a character with that name). Holden falls head over heels for her, and even finding out that she’s a lesbian doesn’t deter him.
I love the message of this film. That you can’t help who you love, whether that’s a friend or lover, and you have to accept them for who they are, no matter their flaws or what happened in their past. Smith created a beautiful friendship between Holden and Banky, in particular.
Ben Affleck knocked it out of the park. I felt for Holden and understood every emotion he was dealing with. I cared for his character and wanted him to be happy. Jason Lee is also great as Banky, lending him an air of intelligence and compassion not usually seen between two platonic men.
What didn’t I like about the film? First, I wish that the majority of the film hadn’t been focused on sex. I know sex is a major part of relationships and I’m not a prude, but hearing about tons of blow jobs gets tiring after a while. Also, I wasn’t crazy about Joey Lauren Adams as Alyssa. She came off as whiny to me, and I couldn’t see why Holden fell for her.
Chasing Amy was a beautiful portrait of love and friendship, and Affleck and Lee gave amazing performances. I loved their friendship, and Smith’s simple directorial style benefited the film. I just wish there had been more depth in the conversations between the characters and a different actress had portrayed Alyssa.
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