Chasing Amy

Chasing Amy ★★★★★

Kevin Smith explores the complexities of relationships, love, and sexuality with his distinctive gift for dialogue and characterization. Every character is richly developed in an authentic way where you can understand not only their actions but their unique quirks. Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason Lee have a trio of charming performances that are powered by dialogue that layers their personalities. Smith takes the rom-com subgenre and turns it upside down, bashing cliches and honing in on the harsh truths of life. Instead of allowing the film to take the typically predictable road, he goes in a more heartbreaking direction that could have easily ended up coming off a cynical, but instead is a touching conclusion to a complicated character drama. At level higher than Smith will likely ever reach again.

This is a personal favorite of mine, I truly get all of the characters and care about them in a way that few other films have enabled me to. They aren't artificial pinups masquerading as real people, they have flaws and interesting quirks that are both fascinating and perplexing. I love how they constantly get right to the heart of their problems, yet still fail to handle them. The final meeting between the three main characters being the perfect example - Holden comes up with a plan that makes so much sense, but is still so wrong. No outer forces or predictable coincidences bring the film to its bittersweet conclusion, just people connecting then gradually and painfully disconnecting. Some see this as being a pretentious attempt by Smith to make a serious film, I see it as being a great and relevant love story.