Writer-director Kevin Smith shares a throwback photo from the set of his 1997 movie Chasing Amy in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary.
Kevin Smith shares a throwback photo from 1997’s Chasing Amy, celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary. Smith first garnered recognition for 1994’s Clerks, which he wrote and directed. His 1995 follow-up, Mallrats, was panned by critics while also missing with audiences at the box office. Chasing Amy served as Smith’s return to form, writing and directing the romantic dramedy, which earned him some of the best reviews of his career upon its release.
Chasing Amy stars Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Mewes, and Smith as the infamous Silent Bob. The story follows Affleck’s Holden, a comic book artist, who falls for Adams’ fellow artist, Alyssa Jones, only to have his hopes crushed when he finds out she’s a lesbian. Chasing Amy served as an emotional examination of love between two people who deeply care about each other while knowing it could never work out between them. While some aspects of the film don’t hold up in the 25 years since its release, Chasing Amy is still regarded as one of Smith’s best films, as it highlights his skills with quality dialogue, humor, and emotional storytelling.
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As Chasing Amy celebrates its 25th anniversary, Smith took to Instagram to share an old photo with the cast. The picture sees Smith posing with the film’s central cast behind what looks to be a poster for Chasing Amy. Smith also added that the movie received a standing ovation at Sundance before acknowledging, “it resurrected my fledgling career after the world largely ignored my second film.” He also comments on how Chasing Amy helped land roles for its stars, like Jerry Bruckheimer casting Affleck in Armageddon, thanks to the movie. Check out the Chasing Amy photo Smith shared below:
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Following Chasing Amy, Smith’s career would continue to see highs and lows. His next film, Dogma, would be another success, only for Smith to come up short with movies like Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. However, Smith created his own path, garnering a loyal fanbase who has stuck with him through thick and thin. Smith’s unique career and fanbase were also highlighted last year in the documentary, Clerk.
Smith’s career continues to thrive with projects like Masters of the Universe: Revelations, where he serves as a writer and executive producer. He’s also returning to where it all began, writing and directing Clerks III, which has completed filming and should release later this year. While Smith is not the critical darling he once was in the early stages of his career, he continues to find success telling the types of stories his fans have come to know and love. Even with Chasing Amy debuting 25 years ago, the film still holds a special place for many, enduring with audiences even today.
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