any good movies lately?
and recommend it.
Long-time friends Banky and
Holden (perhaps two of the best male names ever bestowed upon characters
not in a post-apocalyptic action movie) are the co-creators of Bluntman
and Chronic, a small but successful comic book based on Jay and
Silent Bob (known from other Kevin Smith films Clerks and Mallrats).
Chasing Amy opens at a comic book convention, where Banky and
Holden agree to help their friend Hooper stage a black-rage rant to gain
publicity for his own comic, the wonderfully-titled White Hating Coon.
Hooper adopts a Farrakhan-quoting, white-hating, black-power radical
persona for his comic book audience, but in real life, heís actually a
swishy gay man whose primary interests include Yanni, and pissing off
Banky by outing the homosexual tendencies of the Archie gang. At the
convention, Hooper introduces Banky and Holden to another comic book
artist on the panel: the lovely, bright and rather promiscuous Alyssa
Jones. Holden immediately falls for her, but little does he know that
thereís a catch: Alyssaís a lesbian. The realization doesnít dawn
on him until a few nights later, when, during an otherwise fun evening
spent hanging out at a nightclub, Holden witnesses a very long kiss
between Alyssa and her girlfriend. Heartbroken and very uncomfortable,
Holden sucks it up and decides to pursue a friendship with her anyway.
But as the relationship grows, Holden's feelings for Alyssa grow deeper,
and Alyssa, surprisingly, develops feelings for Holden in return. One
rainy night, Holden decides he just can't hold in his love any longer,
and reveals his feelings. After a lot of soul searching, Alyssa decides
that love is what she's truly after, and that it doesn't matter whether
that love is with a man or a woman. Romance ensues. As an observer,
Banky has a sneaky suspicion that this scenario is a disaster in the
making, and, in fact, he just might be right. For soon, Alyssa finds
herself ostracized by her lesbian circle for dating a guy, Banky and
Holden grow farther apart, and Holden struggles with his own issues and
insecurities regarding the realities of dating Alyssa.
Chasing Amy offers one of the best
and most honest looks at a non-traditional guy-girl relationship ever
seen in a romantic comedy. Kevin Smithís third film cleverly defies
all the usual conventions of the age-old boy-meets-girl love story, and
avoids the sickly-sweet, cutesy trappings typically associated with the
genre by incorporating plenty of Smithís trademark quirky, bawdy
humor. From Banky's extreme love of porn, to Hooper's antics for his White-hating
Coon fans, to odd couple Jay and Silent Bob (being
uncharacteristically chatty) itís obvious from the get-go that Chasing
Amy isnít your usual cookie-cutter romantic comedy. Even the love
triangle is far from a standard triangle, in the sense that the three
involved Ė Holden, Alyssa, and Banky -- don't all want to get down
each other's pants (or do they?). It's the triangle of a challenging
relationship driving a wedge between two lifelong friends who are trying
to make the difficult leap into adulthood together. Sounds like a boring
and weepy Lifetime movie of the week? Not at all. Chasing Amy is
full of wonderful writing and acting, and some of the funniest scenes
Kevin Smith has ever put together (which, given the many hilarious
scenes that Smith has penned over the years, is saying a lot). In one
great scene, Banky and Alyssa compare sex scars-- not emotional ones,
but actual physical scars from what sound like very dangerous sex lives.
Itís a sly parody of the comparing-scars scene from "Jaws,"
and a perfect example of how Smith is able to write raw, raunchy
dialogue thatís smart and witty too. Having got the sophomore slump
off his back with Mallrats, Kevin Smith finally grows up with Chasing
Amy, and gives us a movie thatís funny, moving, and disarmingly
by Mike Weaver
is a software trainer in Dearborn, MI, and an avid
film buff who genuinely misses Gene Siskel, can talk like Yoda, and has
actually watched Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner (though it took a
while for him to recover).
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