Chasing Amy (Region 1 DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
031398137221
Department
Movies & TV
Released
6 May 2014
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region 1
Studio
Miramax Lionsgate
Runtime
113 min
Age Restriction
R
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Chasing Amy
Release Year
1997
Running Time
113 min
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / Friends / Gay/Lesbian / Recommended / Romance / Self-Discovery / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
When handsome young comic book creator Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) meets cute young comic book creator Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), romance seems preordained. But Holden is soon confronted with Alyssa's complex sexual history, as well as his friend and colleague Banky's (Jason Lee) conflicted and enraged response to the affair. Despite the seriousness of the issues, director Kevin Smith keeps the laughs coming, even as Holden goes through hell and grows up.
Notes
The film was shot on location in Red Bank, New Jersey, and New York City.

Kevin Smith called CHASING AMY the final installment in his "guys hanging out" trilogy (following CLERKS and MALLRATS), and connections among the films abound. All take place in the three towns of Red Bank, Highlands, and Leonardo, New Jersey. The character Alyssa Jones is the sister of CLERKS's Heather Jones and MALLRATS's Tricia Jones. Alyssa, Heather, and Gwen from MALLRATS (also played by Adams) have all slept with the character Rick Derris.

The comics artwork in the film was done by Mike Allred (creator of the comic book MADMAN), Laura Allred, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Kirk Van Wormer.

The character names Holden and Banky come from J.D. Salinger's novel THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

The name Hooper is a reference to a character in JAWS; the scene in which Banky and Alyssa compare scars is also a JAWS reference. (JAWS is Smith's favorite film.)

In the diner scene, Jay (Jason Mewes) has two tickets to the Midwest in his shirt pocket. He and Silent Bob are on their way there for Smith's next film DOGMA.

The DVD edition of the film contains additional footage.
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Region 1
  • Widescreen
Audio:
  • DTS Surround 5.1 - English
  • PCM Stereo - English
  • Subtitles - English
Cast & Crew
Director
Kevin Smith
Star
Ben Affleck / Matt Damon / Joey Lauren Adams / Casey Affleck / Dwight Ewell / Carmen Lee / Jason Lee / Dan Lunney / Jason Mewes / Kristin Mosier / Scott Mosier / Ernie O'Donnell / Brian O'Halloran / Paris Petrick / Kelli Simpkins / Kevin Smith / Virginia Smith / Ethan Suplee / Tony Torin / Guinevere Turner / Tsemach Washington / Rebecca Waxman / Welker White / John Willyung
Screenwriter
Kevin Smith
Composer
David Pirner
Producer
Robert Hawk / Scott Mosier / John Pierson
Director of Photography
David Klein
Editor
Scott Mosier / Kevin Smith
Production Designer
Robert "Ratface" Holtzman
Costume Designer
Christopher Del Coro
Movie Critics
Film Comment
"...The film's great strength is its screenplay, which approaches its actors with moving emotional honesty..."
Gavin Smith (1 Mar 1997, p.55)
Los Angeles Times
"...A little movie with big truths, a work of such fierce intelligence and emotional honesty that it blows away the competition when it comes to contemporary romantic comedy..."
Kevin Thomas (11 Apr 1997, p.F12)
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...A riotous, ferociously smart love story....[Adams has] four dimensions and a mouth big enough to prove it..."
Michael Atkinson (1 Dec 1998, p.95)
New York Times
"...Still showing his touch for garrulous, hair-splitting conversation, Mr. Smith engages his characters in a bright spirited demonstration of just how difficult modern love can be..."
Janet Maslin (4 Apr 1997, p.C3)
Total Film
"...A touching, funny love story..."
James White (1 Sep 2000, p.102)
USA Today
"...This is Smith's most provocative outing yet and certainly the toughest to forget..."
Mike Clark (11 Apr 1997, p.4D)