Chasing Amy (1997) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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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.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 55 out of 499 found boring (11.02%)

One-line Reviews (177)

Ben, as usual, is flat, boring and awful.

It's also enjoyable to see the actors from all the films popping up in extra roles.

The "friendship" between Holden and Alyssa seems contrived, to keep the plot moving.

But in this movie I found even the dramatic scenes to be entertaining and intriguing.

Despite all this, or perhaps because of it, this makes the experience of watching Chasing Amy all the more enjoyable.

Kevin Smith's worst movie ever.

They can also be dull, frightening, shocking or if all else fails, just a pretty picture to look at.

You are just going to waste your time, or if you see it with someone open minded, you gonna end up talking for hours without reaching to a conclusion!!!

Quite possibly the worst movie EVER made .

Chasing Amy is a self indulgent folly.

Even if we haven't fallen in love with a lesbian or written a successful comic book, we all want to know what it might be like - and the former, would be, for most of us, confusing; the latter would be less glamorous.

This is a must see for any Kevin Smith fan, and I highly recommend it for anyone else too.

Overall,it is a great and entertaining film that explores gender roles, sexual mores, and the limits of friendship with a mixture of sensitivity, raw honesty mixed with raunchy humor.

Like most of his films his stereotypical male perspective is such a cliché...

Unique and unpredictable romance .

the ending on this one was just too contrived, and really destroyed what i thought was a perfectly good movie.

The characters of the film are supposed to explore the issue/theme and that I was directly told what I should think about this film was insulting and contrived.

After the extremely entertaining comedy of the first half of the film Kevin Smith takes his film into more serious territory as Holden's (Ben Affleck) relationship with Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) develops.

Engaging Comedy-drama .

Then some really boring relationship crap ensues about feelings and thoughts and identity and blah-f**king-blah...

It really moved quite slowly or just that I never really got that involved with these characters, they were nowhere near as compelling as the ones from Clerks, so I really had no desire to follow the story.

Everyone was great in it but Dwight Ewell's Hooper was riveting and very funny.

But the boring and unnecessary complicated storyline and the role of the "female problem" - Amy, really made me angry for about the whole length of this movie.

It is an entertaining ride and one that leaves a nice ambigious ending.

Overall a stunning, emotionally complex movie for example the scene in the car which shows a genius is at work.

This film is absolutely a personal favorite; the dialogue is sharp, the story is gripping and the acting is amazing!

This movie is sickly funny and intriguing.

I don't know quite how he did it, but Chasing Amy feels real and unpredictable.

The incredibly understated, sometimes unspoken way that they navigate the boundaries of their friendship is stunning.

I enjoyed about the first 2/3 of the film, but the climax seemed contrived.

Just a waste of time .

The subplots are entertaining and the climatic scene involving the three main characters has great dialog.

Of all the enjoyable romantic films I have seen, this film is the most human and true to the heart.

I cannot recommend it at any level and the only unpredictable scene was the one in which 'Silent Bob' had something to say!

It sounds exactly the way you would expect people to talk and it is very engaging.

But instead of using the typical plot line the usually goes something like: "boy meets girl, boy likes girl - girl likes boy,girl and/or boy have some deep dark cliché skeleton in their closet that isn't leaked out till the last 45 minutes of the film so then boy and girl break up , boy and girl whine and pout till the last 10 minutes where boy and girl reunite ,resolve conflict and live happily ever after(cue sappy love song).

unbearable .

Chasing Amy comes off as one of the most entertaining and heartwarming movies I've seen in a long time, outscoring both Clerks and Mallrats.

Tiresome, Trite, and Endlessly Talkative .

Pretentious and overrated waste of celluloid .

While J&SB's appearance in this flick is crucial (and of course hands down one of the funniest in the entire film), it is Smith's ability to write dialog that keeps this movie riveting and thought provoking.

It strikes me that this movie was written by someone who was trying to be very hip and cool, but he comes up with something contrived and phony.

It's very unpredictable, and doesn't contain the ending many would probably suspect.

and Affleck's sexual proposal at the end is pointless and crude.

Smith's screenplay offers many intriguing and challenging ideas, and his direction is very much on-target.

The two most obvious themes that run throughout all his movies are J&SB and his compelling dialog.

An engaging and humorous edition to the Jersey trilogy, Brilliant.

"Once again, Smith has patronized us all with another trite script that sounds laboriously rehearsed, and the only different thing is ignorant topicality.

The characters are weird and whacky, which might wrong-foot some viewers but we found all the performances compelling.

The story is so engaging, the characters so well made, and most of all, it's put together in such away that while watching it you believe it all.

The script was so ordinary and dull!

I was mostly bored to tears watching this movie.

Clerks was Boring.

The story must have been one of the writer's adolescent fantasies and is about as entertaining as one for any adult.

Affleck is typical Affleck, boring.

A very entertaining film, another good one from Kevin Smith.

Enjoyable .

Joey Lauren Adam's performance in three scenes is particularly gripping (no spoilers for which these are).

People see movies to be entertained and he was the most entertaining actor in this flick.

It is Kevin Smith's WORST movie.

Ben Affleck is thoroughly engaging as Holden, who falls for Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) without knowing about her "alternative lifestyle.

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.

They share snappy diatribes and dialogue, and spend most of their waking hours dissecting their station in life and wondering to themselves (like so many comic book creators before or since) whether or not they are truly "artists.

There were a lot of good ones, that I think were able to make this pretty enjoyable.

Banky's intense jealousy of Holden's new girlfriend is no evidence at all that he's gay - what's more, I suspect that Smith isn't convinced on this point either, and that he only went along with the Freudian hogwash about all jealousy being sexual jealousy in order not to appear naïve.

Interesting storyline, too bad main characters are boring (bad casting, bad screenplay) as are most conversations.

It was good though and really worth the watch.

The characters seem to see problems for the sake of filling their boring lives with some excitement.

It is funny, romantic, well written and thoroughly entertaining.

Chasing Amy works great as a small-scale character study, and it makes a compelling case for the Kevin Smith Indie's humble corner in film history.

But the love story gets pretty intense in the 2nd half, and humor is downplayed.

It's funny, surprising, unexpected, touching, and affecting.

In short, you'll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining, and realistic love story than Chasing Amy.

Obviously not as marvellous as Clerks, nor as blatantly funny as Mallrats, but still a film worth watching 50 times or more.

It boasts fun and witty dialogue, great performances, and what ends up being a really fascinating view on modern relationships.

It seems to drown out even the poor acting of people who seem either too high or too disinterested to make even half of an effort at being believable real-life humans in that ocean of pointless profanity.

But without a basic story, as in Mallrats, things can get a little boring at times.

Credit must be given where it is due – Smith is an expert at snappy one-liners and good dialogue.

Jay and Silent Bob make a brief appearance, which was definitely the high point of the movie for me, after which it promptly fell back into the lull and stupor that typified my interest level in this movie.

I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

Stunning in every way, it is.

This Movie Is A Truthfully Great Romance But As A Comedy Is Awful I Decided 9 For A Rating Because It Can Be Entertaining For Those Who See It As A Romance Not A Comedy This Movie Is Like Howard The Duck You Have To See It Right To Say That Was Entertaining.

I always notice that bored look in their eyes".

I believe it is this film, and the equally as intriguing Dogma, that will catapult Smith into the non-View Askew movie universe as a highly versatile writer and director.

But these are minor nitpicks in an otherwise enjoyable, and refreshing take on a romantic comedy.

"He used sexual confusion which lets face it is a highly touchy issue with most people so when viewers realized Holden was chasing after a lesbian thats all the film became known as.

His conflict over the relationship is contrived and rings false.

Tonight I watched Chasing Amy for the first time in about 4 or 5 years and realized that it's really a cheesy, cliché, predictable movie.

And it's quite enjoyable.

Sometimes gems can be found in the most unexpected places.

Great dialogue, well written, and thoroughly enjoyable.

"There are moments of confusion for Holden, as his absorbed ideas about homosexuality are challenged by reality, and his feelings when confronted with open sexuality in an undisguised, un-Hollywood young hotty, in Alyssa.

It was emotional, gripping, funny, sad, heartwarming, and had some great jokes.

While the two leads are perhaps the weakest elements of the the film, their relationship and its effect on the film's characters is fascinating, ranking with some of Smith's best work.

By the way: How could a smart-ass like the role of Affleck fell in love witch such an super-boring, super-catchy girl like Amy?

Especially when one considers it's budget, and today, its datedness, "Amy" is an achievement worth the watch, as are others of Smith's works.

This film goes way beyond the 'acceptance of sexual preference' cliche, and instead concentrates on the insecurities that all human beings are born with - gay or straight!

watching this incredibly tedious film more than once is almost as foolish...

This isn't the usual Kevin Smith View Askew film, but it's still highly enjoyable.

Still, it makes for a dull ride for the audience member who is not part of their family.

But I've caught up with some of them now with "Clerks" and "Dogma" which I found entertaining though a little rough with the language.

The movie is long,slow paced,but manages to be mildly entertaining.

Chasing Amy follows the intense connection between people that sometimes crosses assumed boundaries into erotic attachment.

This really keeps the movie interesting on both levels and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

What I saw was a very entertaining and well acted movie.

And the scenes were PAINFULLY cliché attempts at being romantic.

When he starts finding out about her past, he tries to put up a roadblock to slow things down.


The central love story is honest and touching, two characteristics that are evident in the realistic dialogue and acting: Adams, who hasn't managed to find a decent role ever since, portrays Alyssa as a human being, not a stereotype, and that's what makes her scenes with Affleck, always at his best when working with Smith, compelling and almost painful to watch.

His third movie, "Chasing Amy", was a surprisingly mature departure, as he merged the profanity-laced humor of his first two efforts with an unexpected emotional storyline.

The only cliche I spotted was the scene where Ben reveals his love for Joey.

Of Smith's films though it is right with Dogma as the most enjoyable.

It was too slow, but luckily Banky Edwards (Lee) kept the film afloat during some of it's lulls.

Unfortunately, his comedic potential was muted and replaced by intense (although also fairly amusing, at times) anger.

I haven't see that many Kevin Smith movies, and the ones I have seen were a mixed bag, but Chasing Amy is a genuinely entertaining and thoughtful movie.

Speaking of intriguing, there's an outstanding cast.

Long-winded, painfully air-headed social commentaries make Chasing Amy extremely tedious.

And its DEFINATELY worth watching.

I mean, this is one of the worst movies I've seen in a while.

If you haven't seen this yet, I highly recommend it!

Overall, an embarrassing waste of time.

Put simply, this film is the most pretentious piece of rubbish it's ever been my misfortune to encounter.

The other thing to appreciate about this movie, is that it is unpredictable, we do not know where it will lead.

While it does have some funny moments, especially with Jay and Silent Bob's appearance, it tries to depart from the typical dick and fart joke, but fails to reach the level of a compelling drama.

It was too long, too boring, too gay, and too politically correct for my tastes.

In short, this is everything great that independent cinema is capable of being: entertaining, edgy, thought-provoking, and almost too personal to not shine with the loving care and dedication of its creator.

This film is a profane, boring, uninsightful piece of garbage.

This shows a Director's coming of age.

i simply just fell a sleep, this movie is so boring, it has absolutely no meaning, or message, other then just being dump, and rood attitude.

Too Boring .

Pretty Enjoyable .

Other than the bits of philosophy that were attempted to be persuasively thrown into the film, it was an incredible drag of a story that was quite arrogant and boring.

I must admit the first part is funny, but it quickly degenerated into some boring and uninteresting love story.

Clerks was good, but each line was joke after joke, & as anyone will tell you jokes can become tiresome (especially after 200 hearings, which seemed to happen between me & my friends after watching the film at every party), Mallrats was much the same, all the time it was joke after joke.

chasing amy is a entertaining,and funny movie.

The celebrated "lesbianism" is just a gimmick, as the tedious romance could have been played entirely without it -- what really drives the romantical difficulties is Alyssa's former promiscuity, so the whole thing is a feature film about one of those guys who can't deal with the fact that his girlfriend once had other boyfriends.

This one was not good at EITHER of them, sooooooooooo boring to watch I was waiting for it to end so I can watch dogma already and then clerks 2.

It is popular with people who want to be boring obnoxious, pretentious nobs.

" The smarmy, self-indulgent just plain unfunny stuff in this movie seems like someone making a crude parody of the Smith who made "Clerks.

) His movies, all set in the backdrop of Jersey, were each filled with witty dialogue, well-drawn out characters, and humor.

The characters in this movie are all people you can genuinely care about, which makes the whole thing pretty compelling.

The screenplay becomes even more tiresome as the characters then discuss human sexuality in a very crude manner .

Great dialogue, well written, and thoroughly enjoyable

An intriguing and surprising look at mature themes .

It happens okay, it's confusing and hard and then people try to act like you don't count or something or you're a fantasy.

I found it dull and boring.

With the exception of the opening scene this movie is a real snoozer.

i know we have all had the questions come up at one point in our lives, but to see how these characters deal with it, darkly humorous, but still so emotional, it's rather intense.

Amy remains the only movie I have ever walked out of in my entire long life.

One thing - everyone should watch Dwight Ewell's scene near the start where he explains to a comic book convention why Star Wars is a piece of racist propaganda against the black man - classic!

Every character has to have a snappy comeback or a clever line of dialogue, it kind of gets annoying after the first half an hour.

"Chasing Amy" is a clever and engaging urban love story that just exudes with Kevin Smith's gritty humour.

Kevin Smith belongs to a group of directors that value honesty and individuality over big budgets, explosions, and the same old formulaic plots forced down the throats of the public over and over.

The movie has very little in the way of excitement and it's even slow at times, but if you like his material, his perspective and are willing to look past the occasional dull spot, you find another Kevin Smith patterned masterpiece.

I have yet to see another love story that I thought was more enjoyable.

A truly enjoyable film, at least from a man who like these type of movies.

For the most part, it does an excellent job exploring life, love and sexual confusion.

) give new meaning to the word boring.

Even ignoring its ambivalent mood, many of the scenes intended to address truly important problems in relationships were ineffective, either being unconvincing as a result of bad acting, overly drawn-out as a result of bad directing, or just plain sappy.

people get bored of same endings...

While making a movie "actor" based makes it easy for the performers, it makes it a humdrum yawn for the audience.

It moved me too: to weep that I had sat through such trite pap.

It has sharp humor and unexpected depth that is well worth seeing.

What starts off as an intriguing, charming, compelling, and hilarious example of cinema goes suicide lovers on its audience.

Very enjoyable .

It was a complete waste of my time.

A very enjoyable movie.

It is unpredictable, raw and real.

For overgrown nerds and "suburban people" (by which I mean, 34 year old males that still ride skateboards, hang out at parties till really late, work only a few days a week in a comic book shop and still live in the boring, drab town they grew up in.

Engaging indie .

After making one uproariously entertaining film, `Clerks', and one absolute bomb, `Mallrats', writer-director Kevin Smith has come back and shown us what he's really made of.

Gripping from start to end, this is a movie you can watch over and over again, and never tire of...

Real, unpredictable and full of emotion.

Most independent films have this sort of, arrogant pretentious "I'm so artistic" feel about them.......

I enjoyed it thoroughly and from there I considered myself a minor Kevin Smith fan.

The combination of sophisticated dialog, unique plot, and acting talent make a spectacular movie that is thoroughly enjoyable no matter who you are.

Mostly fascinating and humorous meander through the recent romantic comedy with bite territory.