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Chasing Amy Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    For all its inconsistencies, this is Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The hit-and-run outlandishness of "Clerks" was a stunt. With Chasing Amy, Smith has made his first real movie.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Touching, funny, sweet, and most important of all, real -- a welcome breath of fresh air.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    This small-scale, low-budget movie is defined by an honest searching quality.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with sexuality. The primary plotline is a friendship-turned-romance between Holden and Alyssa, who is introduced as a lesbian. There are numerous conversations detailing characters' sexual practices and fantasies. Characters drink, smoke, have sex, use drugs, gay-bash, and get in fights.

  • Families can talk about issues of gender and sexuality. The film raises a number of interesting questions about sexual behavior and identity. Does Alyssa's affair with Holden undermine her identity as a lesbian? How does her affair alienate her from her community? Holden's reaction to information about Alyssa's past ultimately destroys their relationship. How might Holden have dealt with his feelings more productively? Is there a double standard about the amount of sexual experience that's acceptable for men and women?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false5

    Sex: Characters engage in multiple explicit discussions about sex and sexuality.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The comic book "Bluntman and Chronic" is about two anti-superheroes who use drugs.