Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee
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As huge a fan as I am of Kevin Smith and Jason Lee (as an
actor, not the writer), I rented Chasing Amy from my
local Blockbuster with incredibly high hopes. After watching
this film, I'm torn, yet I do feel the sudden urge to go out
and commit a hate crime.
There's only one way to describe this movie. It's an emotional
whore. Like a prostitute wailing about her diseases, you might
feel worse for her if she wasn't a prostitute, but it's hard
to do when you find her lifestyle to be hideously immoral.
That was this movie. Emotional, but distant because of the
unclean vibe that just flowed from it. Trouble is, that's
also what this movie was about. A guy and a girl that really
can't seem to make their relationship work because she's such
The movie stars Ben Affleck as Holden McNeil, an aspiring
comic book artist with a successful book about two weed-smoking
superheroes who are a lot like their friends Jay and Silent
Bob. Jason Lee plays his roommate/best friend/business associate.
Holden meets a girl he really likes named Alyssa, and he thinks
they're going to get together, until she discovers she's a
lesbian. Give up, I say. He takes off, but she finds him and
they start hanging out together and developing a friendship,
all the while Jason Lee cracks more homophobic and politically
incorrect statements than possible. Normally, Holden would
go along with it, but Alyssa has turned him into one of those
gay-lifestyle embracing droids, and Jason Lee isn't pleased
with it. Ben Affleck and Jason Lee have a falling out, and
their friendship is on the rocks. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck tells
the lesbian he loves her, and suddenly they get together,
he being her first heterosexual relationship. Then, it turns
out this isn't true either, as she's been with numerous men
at a time. Ben Affleck is shocked and disgusted and doesn't
want to be with her anymore, but as it turns out, it's not
her fault for lying and sleeping around, it's his fault for
feeling inadequate that he never sinned against his own body.
So he tries to solve both problems at once.
I won't give away how, it's actually a pretty interesting
idea, but when he points out to Jason lee the reason he [Jason
Lee] doesn't like his relationship with the ex-lesbian and
is so homophobic is because he's in love with Ben Affleck.
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
The movie ends on a fairly sad yet hopeful (yet hopeless)
note. While I still respect Kevin Smith's ability as a writer/director,
this movie just didn't sit well with me because I found the
glorification of certain things to be a little too much. The
humor wasn't there like other Kevin Smith movie, but as a
romantic comedy goes, this is so far outside the mold that
it gets a recommendation from me in that specific genre. Mallrats
will always be the standard.