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CHASING AMY

SYNOPSIS:
Lifelong best friends Holden (Affleck) and Banky (Lee) enjoy success as the creators of the cult comic book, Bluntman and Chronic. When they meet fellow comic book artist Alyssa (Adams), Holden falls head over heels in love, and can’t help himself even when he learns she has quite different gender tastes. Nevertheless, she befriends Holden, much to Banky’s angst at losing his friend to emotional adulthood. As Holden and Alyssa power on and struggle to define their relationship, their concepts of love, sex and themselves change dramatically.

"There is a definitive contemporary theme to this film, yet it reminds me of those old fashioned Hollywood relationship movies in that the focus is very tight, very intimate and totally to do with the effect two people have on each other and their immediate circle. And it sparkles with truth like a diamond, flows like melting honey, twists like an angrily flung garden hose. Kevin Smith’s dialogue is punchy, accurate, funny and hard hitting, as is his direction. The plot synopsis falls far short of the real content of this marvellous film, largely because (like all good things) it’s not just a matter of what but HOW. Besides, much of the interest and emotional grip comes from the interaction between the characters in sometimes subtle ways. The sexuality of the would be lovers takes centre stage as in very few films of this kind (that is to say, those not overtly dealing with, say, gay issues) and provides some explosive scenes of great insight and power. Significant performances from Affleck and Adams (think of Meg Ryan morphed with Jennifer Tilly and Renee Zellweger) drive the film’s emotional engine beautifully, and despite its very small budget (less than $250,000), it does big things to the audience. Chasing Amy is the sort of film that could engage a wide audience, and is a must-see for all filmmakers."
Andrew L. Urban

"Fresh, free and frank, Chasing Amy opens the lid on sexuality and relationships from Pandora’s Box. Kevin Smith’s film is fast and furious, with an insightful, witty script delivered with passion by the players. Joey Lauren Adams is astonishing as Alyssa. Her energy is compelling and contagious; the issues she presents cover a smorgasbord of controversy, and are food for thought. Alyssa has journeyed down the path of discovery, and has come to terms with her own needs in sexual and relationship terms. Are we as open and revealing as Alyssa? The development of her relationship with Holden, who in so many ways has a narrow, conservative view, is one that we can embrace and warm to. The characters are carefully thought out, well established and hugely entertaining, with comic relief in the form of Dwight Ewell as Hopper, who is a joy to watch. There is a lot to absorb in Chasing Amy. It is well paced, and our emotions are perhaps the most receptive by the scene where the title is explained. The thrust of the film embraces all relationships, and questions moral issues without prejudice. The premise is unusual, the impact is overwhelming."
Louise Keller

"Occasionally a romantic comedy comes along out of nowhere that breaks the rules of cinematic convention, and sweeps you along. A rarity indeed, but Chasing Amy is such a film. With a smart script by Kevin Smith, and truly winning performances by Affleck, Lee and especially the exquisite Joey Lauren Adams, Chasing Amy takes the convention of the boy-meets-girl saga, and completely turns it on its head. The result is a film that is not only consistently hilarious and witty, but also genuinely poignant and philosophical, as Smith explores the complexity of relationships and sexuality. There's one moment in the film where Silent Bob (played by director Smith as usual), finally breaks his silence, and one is made aware of the reason behind the film's title. It is one of the most remarkably written and prosaic pieces in the film. There are many such moments, all of which unite to form a cohesive, intelligent and complex comedy for all of us - irrespective of sexual preference."
Paul Fischer

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CHASING AMY (MA15+)
(US)

CAST: Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Jason Mews, Joey Lauren Adams, Dwight Ewell, Kevin Smith

DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith

PRODUCER: Scott Mosier

SCRIPT: Kevin Smith

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Klein

EDITOR: Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier

MUSIC: David Pirner

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robert ‘Ratface’ Holtzman

RUNNING TIME: 105 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: NewVision Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 3, 1997







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