History YMMV / ChasingAmy

20th May '17 6:07:06 AM NWolfman
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* AccidentalAesop: Just because you're a nice guy doesn't mean you deserve a girlfriend.

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* AccidentalAesop: Just because you're a nice guy doesn't mean you deserve you're entitled to a girlfriend.
3rd May '17 4:14:52 PM NWolfman
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* WinBackTheCrowd: After ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' scared off all of the critics who loved ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', this film proved that Kevin Smith was not going to be a OneHitWonder.
2nd May '17 2:55:20 PM NWolfman
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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other people like them: Hooper by other black men for being gay and Alyssa by other gay women for being bisexual. The only difference is that Holden has ulterior motives for Alyssa, while Hooper is just a friend.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both NotSoDifferent. Both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other people like them: Hooper by other black men for being gay and Alyssa by other gay women for being bisexual. The only difference is that Holden has ulterior motives for Alyssa, while Hooper is just a friend.
29th Apr '17 11:26:03 AM NWolfman
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* JerkassWoobie: Holden. Nobody can fault him for falling in love with someone he know's won't love him back, but it doesn't excuse how selfish he becomes when he starts insisting that the other person love him on his terms.

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* JerkassWoobie: Holden. Nobody can fault him for falling in love with someone he know's knows won't love him back, but it doesn't excuse how selfish he becomes they can and do for treating that person as if they owe him something when he starts insisting demands that the other person he love him her on his terms.




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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Banky's massive duffle bag of porno magazines was already overkill, but in an age where he could just as easily access more porn that he could possible see in his cell phone, it seems completely unnecessary.
29th Apr '17 11:07:14 AM NWolfman
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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other queer people, Hooper for being black and Alyssa for being bisexual. The only difference is that Holden has ulterior motives for Alyssa, while Hooper is just a friend.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other queer people, people like them: Hooper by other black men for being black gay and Alyssa by other gay women for being bisexual. The only difference is that Holden has ulterior motives for Alyssa, while Hooper is just a friend.
29th Apr '17 11:00:39 AM NWolfman
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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other queer people, Hooper for being black and Alyssa for being bisexual. The only reason Holden is so insensitive to Alyssa and not Hooper is because this is the first time queer sexuality directly affected him personally.

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* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other queer people, Hooper for being black and Alyssa for being bisexual. The only reason difference is that Holden is so insensitive to Alyssa and not has ulterior motives for Alyssa, while Hooper is because this is the first time queer sexuality directly affected him personally.just a friend.
29th Apr '17 10:59:24 AM NWolfman
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* FairForItsDay: The film has seen much flack in TheNewTens for its "stereotypical" depiction of lesbian characters and narrow-minded view of homosexuality, especially since it's yet another depiction of the homosexual experience through the eyes of a storyteller who isn't homosexual. In 1997, this was fairly groundbreaking in its ernest depiction of homosexual characters, something that's sadly still rare enough to bear mentioning. It also sheds some much-needed light on the concept of bisexuality and general non-binary sexuality. [[spoiler:The fact that the ending is rather ambiguous has hurt its reputation a bit, and non-fans are quick to point out that Smith, despite his noble efforts, otherwise screwed up the film's ultimate message.]]

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* FairForItsDay: The film has seen much flack in TheNewTens for its "stereotypical" depiction of lesbian characters and narrow-minded view of homosexuality, especially since it's yet another depiction of the homosexual experience through the eyes of a storyteller who isn't homosexual. In 1997, this was fairly groundbreaking in its ernest earnest depiction of homosexual characters, something that's sadly still rare enough to bear mentioning. It also sheds some much-needed light on the concept of bisexuality and general non-binary sexuality. [[spoiler:The fact that the ending is rather ambiguous has hurt its reputation a bit, and non-fans are quick to point out that Smith, despite his noble efforts, otherwise screwed up the film's ultimate message.]]]]
* FridgeBrilliance: Hooper and Alyssa as NotSoDifferent: both are sexually queer, which mainstream society doesn't respect or acknowledge, but are also ostracized by other queer people, Hooper for being black and Alyssa for being bisexual. The only reason Holden is so insensitive to Alyssa and not Hooper is because this is the first time queer sexuality directly affected him personally.
29th Apr '17 10:47:33 AM NWolfman
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: When Holden asks Alyssa "Why girls?" is he genuinely curious, or is he {{gaslighting}} her into admitting that she likes men?



** Then there's the possibility that Holden might be unintentionally {{gaslighting}} Alyssa. See AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.

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** Then there's the possibility that Holden might be unintentionally Holden's "why girls?" conversation with Alyssa. He's not sincerely asking her why she likes girls, he's {{gaslighting}} Alyssa. See AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.her into admitted that she likes men, or that there's no "logical" reason for her to be a lesbian. And like the above, this is TruthInTelevision.



*** It could be {{foreshadowing}} his efforts to get Alyssa to love him on his own terms. He's not sincerely asking her why she likes girls, he's trying to trip her up so she'll confess to actually liking men, which would be [[FridgeHorror horrifying]] if it didn't later turn out to be true.

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*** It could be {{foreshadowing}} his efforts to get Alyssa to love him on his own terms. He's not sincerely asking her why she likes girls, he's trying to trip her up so she'll confess to actually liking men, which would be [[FridgeHorror horrifying]] if it didn't later turn out to be true.See "Fridge Horror" above.
29th Apr '17 10:44:13 AM NWolfman
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--> '''Hooper''': And ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Jedi]]''ís the most insulting installment. Because Vader's beautiful black visage is sullied when he pulls off his mask to reveal a feeble, crusty, old white man! They tryin' to tell us that deep inside we all wants to be white!

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--> '''Hooper''': And ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Jedi]]''ís the most insulting installment. Because Vader's beautiful black visage is sullied when he pulls off his mask to reveal a feeble, crusty, old white man! They tryin' to tell us that deep inside we all wants to be white!white!\\
29th Apr '17 10:44:05 AM NWolfman
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: Hooper's deconstruction of the Franchise/StarWars saga as being covertly racist, countered by Banky, culminates with:

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* CrossesTheLineTwice: CrossesTheLineTwice
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Hooper's deconstruction of the Franchise/StarWars saga as being covertly racist, countered by Banky, culminates with:



--> '''Banky''': Well, isn't that true?
--> ''[an enraged Hooper pulls out a gun, and shoots Banky repeatedly in a crowded auditorium]''
--> '''Hooper''': Black rage! BLACK RAGE!!!!

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--> '''Banky''': Well, isn't that true?
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true?\\
''[an enraged Hooper pulls out a gun, and shoots Banky repeatedly in a crowded auditorium]''
-->
auditorium]''\\
'''Hooper''': Black rage! BLACK RAGE!!!!RAGE!!!!
** Banky's "four way road" bit. It's only funny ''because'' it's wrong.
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