Reviews

Chasing Amy

4

After his distinctive debut Clerks and shambolic sophomore effort Mallrats, Kevin Smith kicks up the drama and keeps the dick jokes to a minimum to produce what's still his best film.

Putting a novel spin on the rom-com (boy meets girl, finds out girl's a lesbian, girl turns out to be bisexual and falls for boy, they break up when boy can't deal with girl's extensive sexual past), the writer-director fashions enough substance to ward off the usual criticism aimed at his limited directorial approach: here, the static camera allows him to concentrate on his (excellent) characters.

Smith also manages to bring the heart that always beats beneath his work to the surface, meaning Amy's story has emotional resonance.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 1st 2002