in about 100 words or less
US 113m, Colour
Director: Kevin Smith; Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith
As the third installment in Kevin Smith’s View Askew series of films, Chasing Amy is a verbose romantic comedy which weaves explicit sexual language and humor into a complicated plot involving three friends whose varying sexual orientations strain their friendship and feelings for one another. The story largely revolves around Alyssa, a lesbian who questions her sexuality after developing feelings for a male friend, Holden, who is best friends, roommates and business partners with his Banky – his comic book inking partner, who may also have feelings towards him. Despite the improbability of Holden’s resolution to his romantic woes, Smith’s dialogue, and the emotionally raw performances, especially from Joey Lauren Adams, are stylistically reminiscent of John Cassavetes’ cinéma vérité of the late 1960s (Klaus Ming March 2011).