Chasing Amy

A romantic comedy about a straight man, his best friend, and a the lesbian who falls in love with him and all the complication that arise from their relationship.


Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards are comic book artists and lifelong friends. Everything is going well for them until they meet Alyssa Jones at a comic book convention in New York to promote their comic Bluntman and Chronic. Holden is attracted to Alyssa, but soon learns that she is a lesbian. The two begin hanging out, and a deep friendship develops. Banky, however, dislikes Alyssa and is bothered by her and Holden’s relationship. Eventually, Holden is no longer able to contain his feelings, and confesses his love to Alyssa. She initially considers his confession unfair and inconsiderate since she is a lesbian, but that night the two begin a romantic relationship.

This new development deepens tension between Holden and Banky. Banky begins to dig up dirt on Alyssa’s past, and reports to Holden that Alyssa participated in a threesome in high school. Holden is deeply disturbed by this revelation, having believed that Alyssa had never been sexually involved with men. Holden angrily confronts Alyssa while attending a hockey game. During a tearful argument, she tells Holden about her “many” youthful sexual experimentations. Holden learns that she is not a lesbian in the strictest sense (lesbian-identified bisexual would better describe her sexual orientation). She apologizes for letting him believe that he was the only man she had been with; however, she refuses to apologize for her past, and Holden leaves feeling angry and confused.

Later, during a lunch with Jay and Silent Bob, Silent Bob reveals that he was once in a relationship similar to Holden’s. Despite the fact that he was in love with his girlfriend, Amy, his insecurities about her adventurous sexual past caused him to sabotage the relationship and leave her. Angry at himself for letting her go, he’s spent the rest of his life since then “chasing Amy.” Inspired by Silent Bob’s story, Holden devises a plan to fix both his relationship with Alyssa and his fractured friendship with Banky. He invites them both over, and claims that the three of them must have sex with each other. Though initially appalled, Banky agrees to participate, whereas Alyssa breaks up with him on the spot and leaves, stating that though she loves him, she will not be his whore. Relieved he will not have to get involved in a three-way, Banky also leaves.

One year later, both Banky and Alyssa are busy promoting their own respective comics at a comic book convention in New York. It is revealed that Holden has dissolved their partnership over Bluntman and Chronic, leaving the viewer with assumption that he sold the publishing and creative rights over to Banky (and this is corroborated in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). He has a brief conversation with a tearful Alyssa, and gives her a copy of Chasing Amy, his new comic based on their relationship.


This is often referred to as Kevin Smith’s best film and can be accredited with giving Ben Affleck his first lead role. As good as it is, it’s not my favorite from the View Askew universe.

The whole film had a whole “chick flick” vibe, even thought it was quite obvious it was written by a guy for guys. The only comedic parts seemed to be when Hooper X was ranting against the “white man” and then switched back to his homosexual persona.

There are good moments, as well. The speech that Silent Bob gives, apparently is his longest oration in all of the Kevin Smith movies. This is the movie that connects Mallrats and Clerks as man events and characters mentioned in those movies are also mentioned in this move, but in more of a chronological order.

In conclusion, I have to say, “What the hell is a nubian?”

4 out of 5 stars

6 Responses to “Chasing Amy”

  1. The only issue I have with this brilliant film is the very male and innacurate dialogue about empty sex and love-related sex. The character, Alyssa, says that “not so special occasions” involves “tongue only” (oral sex reference). Any lesbian would tell you that it would be a hands-on thing with one-night stands and the like, because oral sex is more intimate and not always part of random sex.

  2. […] that was making fun of how this is his second film to be involved with a lesbian. The other being Chasing Amy. You have to feel sorry for the guy to keep getting cast like that, but at the same time, he brings […]

  3. […] Not only is she a looker, but she is very convincing in this role. Of course, anyone that has seen Chasing Amy or those episodes of United States of Tara she was in knows she has some acting […]

  4. […] big screen debut here. If you’ve ever seen any of Smith’s other films, excluding Chasing Amy, than you know how these two are. Be wary, though, my friends, the Jay and Silent Bob we all know […]

  5. […] in here (with Matt Damon), but this is the second film where Affleck is the star. The other being Chasing Amy and a case could be made for Dogma. Isn’t it good to have friends like Affleck, Damon, Lee […]

  6. […] a B horror film, like Jack Frost or Poultrygeist. You can’t lump this film in with Clerks or Chasing Amy, it’s not aboot that Kevin Smith. This film goes with Tusk, it’s aboot letting go of […]

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