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Chasing Amy (Criterion)

Director(s): Kevin Smith

Theatrical Release: 1997

Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Brian O'Halloran

Genre(s): Comedy, romance, sex comedy, Drama, Gay+Lesbian+Transgendered, Criterion Collection

Countries: USA

Location in store: American Directors > Kevin Smith

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 113m.

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 (


Criterion Collection DVD #75 Special Features:

! New widescreen digital transfer enhanced for 16x9 televisions

! Discrete 5.1 channel Dolby® Digital soundtrack

! New video introduction to the DVD edition from director Kevin Smith

! Screen-specific audio commentary by Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, actors Ben Affleck and Jason Mewes, associate producer Robert Hawk, Miramax executive Jon Gordon, and View Askew historian Vincent Pereira

! Ten deleted scenes, plus outtakes

! Trailer

! Special video introductions from the cast and crew

! The Askewniverse Legend: a guide to the characters in the “New Jersey Trilogy”

! English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

! Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition