Chasing Amy

Movie review by Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Dated romantic comedy wrong for all kids.

R 1997 113 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 18+

Raunchy dramedy hit home for me

Without giving out my personal info and spoiling the movie simultaneously, "Chasing Amy" was an enormous surprise for me. Kevin Smith said his script almost garnered an Oscar nod, and I can see why! Though yes, some characters are just caricatures (take Jay and Silent Bob, the latter's speech is actually quite touching), and some are caricatures with a lot to say (Hooper X, who, with a name like that, you have to start being suspicious). But between Holden, Banky and Alyssa, the titular "Amy," there are just fireworks. 90's Affleck is so darn compulsively watchable, there's mega-star fame status written all over the potential of this kid, and his speeches wrench your heart. All I'll say is Alyssa reminds me so much of the person I'm dating, so I enjoyed her flirtatious mannerisms, even though her voice does begin to weigh on you a bit. You just genuinely get attached to these characters and the more often than not very funny observations they have to say, and even though the ending is a bit of a surprise, it fits in with the mood of the film. "Cop Out" is directed by Kevin Smith, but it's NOT a Kevin Smith movie. Critics say the original "Clerks" was Smith at his zenith, but I'd argue "Amy" has much more to say, and deserves to be seen though it's flown under the radar recently. Absolutely not for kids.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

nice movie well done!

a real good movie i liked it. uh just not for kids unless 12 amd up then its alright to see. this was a real good movie i actually liked this one better than Mallrats although Mallrats was a real good movie. but so was this one real good and it has Ben Afflack which makes it a real good movie!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 23, 1997
  • On DVD or streaming: June 13, 2000
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Joey Lauren Adams
  • Director: Kevin Smith
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong graphic sex-related dialogue, language, sexuality and drug content
  • Last updated: March 30, 2022

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