Chasing Amy
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With their matching hipster goatees and deadpan cynicism, Affleck and Lee evince the easy rapport of old buds."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even when its young, uncertain characters appear to be in danger of talking (and whining) themselves to death, there's something genuine and charmingly naive about their attempts to make sense of their feelings."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Slowly, like a latent teen pulled against his will into adulthood, Kevin Smith is growing up. But he's not growing quietly."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Chasing Amy often is convulsively funny."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Affleck and Lee have a great comic thing going on."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"There is a lot of frank conversation about the technical aspects of sex between women, but Holden and Banky are written more like sniggering eighth graders than inquisitive adults."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"Chasing Amy represents a change in direction for Smith, with drama before gags. A chick flick for blokes."
‑ , Total Film
"[A] cool, hilarious and sexy romantic comedy."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"As in Smith's debut film, Clerks, there's something about the scruffy Chasing Amy that breaks through the pretenses of more conventional movies."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The performances are universally strong. The goateed Affleck makes for a particularly sympathetic protagonist; he has the looks and confidence of a lady-killer, but nagging befuddlement and vulnerability are rarely far from the surface."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The movie reinforces his gift for dialogue, but his ability to handle actors, compose scenes or keep track of his own story is negligible."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Although [Smith's] dialogue is often witty, he still relies on blunt sexual humor to get his point across."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The third installment of Kevin Smith's New Jersey Trilogy is also the only Kevin Smith movie that's worth any serious attention."
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai,
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