Chasing Amy is a 1997 romantic comedy written and directed by Kevin Smith, it is the third film in Smith’s View Askewniverse in which there are characters and events that intertwine with each film made.
Ben Affleck, Jason Lee and Joey Lauren Adams are the leading actors, and Smith wrote Chasing Amy with these actors in mind. However Miramax didn’t want these actors initially, as they were all in the previous Kevin Smith film Mallrats, which flopped at the box-office. So Kevin Smith suggested he make it independently and that Miramax purchase it if they liked it, they agreed to this and gave Kevin Smith a mere $250,000 to make it, which is 1/24 of his Mallrats budget. Regular characters Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob return, even if it wasn’t for very long, and ironically, despite his name Silent Bob had one of the longest speeches in the whole film.
Holden McNeil (Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Lee) are best friends and authors of popular comic book “Bluntman and Chronic”. They’ve always done everything together and have been best friends for twenty years, however when Holden falls for fellow comic book author Alyssa Jones (Adams) there’s tension in the friendship. Alyssa is a lesbian and claims to only want friendship from Holden, but his persistence soon has her feeling the same way about him, and they become a couple.
Banky isn’t happy due to suffering from a bad case of homophobia, he resents Alyssa for her ways and is also jealous of how she takes up all of Holden’s time. When Holden makes some discoveries about Alyssa that he can’t seem to handle, they fall out and break up, however a meeting with Jay and Silent Bob leads to Silent Bob telling Holden of a similar circumstance that led to a break-up that he went through and regrets, and now finds himself chasing another girl like “Amy”. Is it too little too late for Holden to get Alyssa back? Will Holden and Banky put there differences aside for the good of the comic book and there friendship?
Despite enjoying Chasing Amy, I believe it to be the weak link in Kevin Smith’s View Askew series. The script and plot were both very good, and it’s not like Kevin Smith did anything wrong, I just don’t consider it to be of the same standard as his other films. Having said that Jason Lee was very funny, and there was a sense of relief when Jay and Silent Bob turned up. As usual they were hilarious, but I feel that they were criminally under-used. That said I do think the ending was very good, being a very interesting and unexpected way for a romantic comedy to wrap up.