Stanley Scorsese’s review published on Letterboxd:
I have not thought of Chasing Amy in a long time, so after subscribing to HBO Max so I can watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League next month, I thought it would be fun to look at some of these movies I’ve missed my chance to watch like Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, Wes Craven’s Shocker, maybe catch up on some nostalgic stuff from my childhood, watch some great movies for fun, and to watch Judas and the Black Messiah next weekend instead of going to the movies. I don’t have the money to go the movies anymore. So now that I have HBO Max, this will be the only time I get to see new movies.
But anyway about Chasing Amy, this would’ve been a cheesy, corny, predictable, and traditionally lame romantic comedy. But the fact that this is a Kevin Smith film filled with raunchy, hilarious, and childish, but thought-provoking dialogue, meaningful moments, memorable characters, and a bittersweet ending. Let’s not forget it still has amazing performances from the cast! The fact that Chasing Amy was an independent film makes it better is that it wasn’t pretentious by the slightest! Not to mention that it use to be from the Criterion Collection! I’m surprised that they didn’t rerelease it on Blu-ray like Do the Right Thing or The Silence of the Lambs. Chasing Amy is one of Kevin Smith’s finest films from the ‘90s, and it should be watched by movie lovers around the world.
One of the best moments in the film is clearly Silent Bob’s speech. The moment where he explains how we can feel angry and afraid of someone we loved, cared, and thought about had a wild and sexually adventurous past is very cathartic in a way. Because I had dated a girl who made those choices and had a wild past. Just like Alyssa Jones. I was afraid to put it aside and be with her. But no I made a mistake, I kept dodging her and ignoring her because I wanted a good wholesome girlfriend. But after watching Chasing Amy one night, I realized that if the person you love has changed and if he/she wants to be with you, then that’s your answer! I’m not saying I would trade my wife in the world for another woman, but it made me wonder what if I gave the woman another chance. But I’ve moved on, I got married and now I’m happy with the number one woman for the rest of my life. And I thank God for her! But the whole point of that message is if the person you’re with truly loves you, then don’t push them away because of an old sexually wild and adventurous past.
After watching Chasing Amy last night on HBO Max, it felt good to see it again. Of course this would get controversial backlash by people who are “insensitive” to the politically incorrect source material. It not like this is a movie that is gay-bashing members of the LGBT community. Yes, Kevin Smith loves making gay jokes. But he’s stated deep down that he is pro-LGBT while making people think that if they’re curious about their sexuality. I’m not saying who’s right or wrong, but if the PC police were to make Smith’s career a living hell for just having fun and being real with the viewers, then they’re just a bunch of complete pathetic bastards who are blinded and told by the social media to be like a bunch of willfully ignorant sheep. But as a straight man, I can admit that I love this movie. And this is a classic romantic comedy made by a man who opened the doors of raunchy comedies, loaded with lots of heart! It’s funny movies like this will never ever cease to exist, and is capable of critical thinking. Judd Apatow, eat your heart out, you pretentious douchebag!