‘Amy’ explores modern relationships

by Aaron Kiel
Staff Writer

“Chasing Amy,” from writer/director Kevin Smith, is a humorous, clever film about a relationship between a conservative twenty-something comic book artist and an open-minded lesbian with a past, and the difficulties they encounter in their relationship.

Smith, who also wrote and directed “Clerks,” his first film, turns out an original movie that touches on the realities of sex and relationships in the ’90s. This film certainly resurrects Smith from the box office tragedy “Mallrats,” his second film.

Holdon McNeal, played by Ben Affleck, and his comic book partner and roommate Banky Edwards, played by the quirky Jason Lee, have been friends since childhood. At a comic book trade show, the two meet up with a mutual friend who introduces them to Elissa Jones – played by Joey Lauren Adams, who had a small part in the film “She’s the One” – also a comic book artist.

McNeal immediately takes a liking to Jones, and later meets her at a night club along with Edwards. At the club, Jones is invited to sing on stage by the band. She does, and dedicates the song to “someone special” in the audience. McNeal assumes he’s the one being sung to, but it turns out Elissa is singing to another woman in the audience, who she passionately kisses after the number-shocking McNeal and Edwards.

McNeal and Jones begin spending time together, and eventually, McNeal confesses his love for her, “I know this will queer our relationship. No pun intended,” says McNeal. Thus, a conflict arises between the two because of Jones’ sexual orientation and McNeal’s desire for a “normal” relationship.

Edwards sees the relationship as a threat to his friendship with McNeal, and tries to discourage him from being involved (He asks, “How was your pseudo date?”). At this point, one wonders why he is so concerned about his friend having a relationship, and it leaves one to wonder-until the end.

Making the relationship more complicated, McNeal discovers some questionable information about Jones’ past and confronts her about it.

In the end, the distraught McNeal comes up with a scary, yet funny, solution for his relationship problems and the interference it has caused with his roommate.

The film moves quickly, and has several big laughs and a few goofy one-liners. For instance, Edwards, curious about lesbians, asks, “Since you like chicks, do you look at yourself naked in the mirror all the time?” The most humorous moments come from long conversations about sex and love, which may be too explicit for some audiences, but deal with the subject in a somewhat mature manner. Such as, McNeal asks about the sexual aspects of Jones’ relationships with women, and discusses with her what people consider standard for love making.

The film touches on what is a normal relationship, and makes an interesting observation about finding the love of one’s life without gender barriers.

Affleck and Lee deliver some of their lines with great timing, making this a fun movie experience, while Adams adds plenty of emotion to a character which could have been played without any depth.

Smith makes a brief cameo as the real life model for a comic book character, Bluntman and Chronic, and gives explanation for the title of the film.

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