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Chasing Amy
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Directed By
Kevin Smith

Written By:
Kevin Smith

Cast:
Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Matt Damon, Ethan Suplee, Casey Affleck, Guinevere Turner, Brian O'Halloran

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Chasing Amy (1997)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 31st, 2007

The downfall of Ben

CHASING AMY, while a great movie that needed a patsy to pin the lame whiny character of Holden on, killed Ben Affleck's career.

Some might argue that it was in this movie that Ben really got a chance to shine, but if you're shining in a romantic comedy, no matter the caliber of the romantic comedy, you're going to get pinned as the good guy, leading man. Ben Affleck is not meant to be the good guy, leading man.

Ben Affleck is meant to be the a**hole.

He absolutely shines playing unscrupulous and unapologetic characters. When he tries to come to the forefront or play soft or every average - he flat out sucks. Ben was always better when he was walking on the edge, indulging in his vicious side.

But enough about Ben...

The movie is about a comic book writer who falls for another comic book writer only to find out that she's a lesbian. Disappointed but still taken with her as a person, they begin to hang out more as friends. Lending to the idea that men and women just can't pull off being friends (something that I disagree with unless there's someone who is physically interested in the other person - which was the case here), the pair have a fight about their status and eventually end up in a relationship.

Which is where everything crumbles. Without getting into the details, the relationship doesn't work out. How it gets to that point is wonderfully drawn out with such painful realism at times that I just didn't want to look at the screen, it reminded me too much of things that had been said and done to me in the past.

Once again, the movie profits from the skill of Jason Lee, an actor who has found his niche and does very, very well in it. Joey Lauren Adams is also at her prime, to the point where for once you can overlook (or is it overhear?) her horrendous voice.

For anyone who's ever been in love and lost... you'll be able to relate to this flick. Probably more than you'd like to.

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Filmkiller
May 8, 2008 5:49 PM
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You people are insane; Ben Affleck is, at worst, a competent actor, at best, capable of being whatever you need him to be.

Kevin Smith: "Jaws V? Affleck. Affleck plays the shark."

Lisa
Jan 31, 2007 2:48 PM
 
This was the first time I saw Affleck on film and the only time I didn't deteste him although he did play a complete pu**y in the movie.



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