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Chasing Amy Details


After a pair of films about hipster slackers, the work of writer-director Kevin Smith matured and gained critical respect with this low budget, independent comedy-drama about love, sex and the fine line between the two. Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil, a New Jersey comic book writer who is roommates with his best friend and professional partner, artist Banky Edwards (Jason Lee). Their hit comic book series, "Bluntman and Chronic," is loosely patterned after a pair of acquaintances, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (played by Smith), two characters already familiar as supporting players in several Smith films. Into Holden's life comes Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), a lesbian and fellow comic book creator who quickly becomes a close friend, although Holden is powerfully attracted to her. Eventually, Alyssa realizes that she is attracted to Holden as well and they begin a physical relationship, much to the consternation of Banky, whose ire over losing his best friend to a lesbian seems to border on romantic jealousy. After he learns something about Alyssa's sexual past, however, Holden's immature response to his new knowledge destroys both his romance with Alyssa and his friendship with Banky. Chasing Amy (1997) was the third film in what Smith referred to as his "New Jersey series," films set at least partly in the Garden State and featuring the Jay and Silent Bob characters. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:April 4, 1997


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Kevin Smith Best Screenplay 1997 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jason Lee Best Supporting Actor 1997 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jason Lee Best Supporting Male 1998 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joey Lauren Adams Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1997 Nominee


Kevin Smith
Scott Mosier
Kevin Smith
David Klein
Dave Pirner
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Mosier
Kevin Smith
Robert Hawk
Associate Producer
John Pierson
Executive Producer
Susannah McCarthy
Set Designer
Christopher Del Coro
Costume Designer
Derrick Tseng
Costume Designer
John M. Tyson
First Assistant Director
Shan Lory
Monica Hampton
Production Manager
Derrick Tseng
Line Producer