Owen Gleiberman
April 11, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chasing Amy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Dwight Ewell, Jason Lee, Matt Damon, Kevin Smith
director
Kevin Smith
author
Kevin Smith
genre
Comedy, Romance, Drama

We gave it a B+

The first boy-meets-lesbian romantic comedy. At a glance, Holden (Ben Affleck) and Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams) look made for each other. They’re in their 20s, from neighboring towns in New Jersey, and both are successful comic-book artists. Alyssa, though, only likes to sleep with girls. Then she realizes she’s attracted to Holden — and that’s just the start of their problems. Kevin Smith, best known for the cult convenience-store comedy Clerks, writes dialogue that’s dense, showy, and studded with raunchy laugh lines. Still, he isn’t fooling around anymore. In Chasing Amy, his exploration of love in the age of gender politics feels messy, passionate, and true. B+

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