Trivia / Chasing Amy

  • Actor Allusion: In a manner of speaking, the whole plot. The story is inspired by Kevin Smith's relationship with star Joey Lauren Adams, and so in a sense she is "Amy."
    • Alyssa mentions a threesome with Gwen Turner, her character from Mallrats, and a fling with Shannon Hamilton, Affleck's character from Mallrats
  • Actor-Inspired Element
    • Joey Lauren Adams wrote the song Alyssa performs.
    • Hooper's "The Black Man Is God" button was found by Dwight Ewell.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • One reviewer mixed up Jay and Silent Bob, with baffling results.
    • Roger Ebert mixed up Banky and Holden.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: Kevin Smith original wanted the film to be a teen comedy, but decided against it when the more teen-friendly Mallrats bombed.
  • Name's the Same: Gwen Turner shares a name with Guinevere Turner (who appears in a cameo in this film).
  • No Budget: Though not as cheap as Clerks, the film was made for a very inexpensive $250,000, 1/24th of that of Mallrats.
  • What Could Have Been
    • The film was originally in development at Miramax Films on a budget of $3,000,000, but only on the condition that Smith cast John Steward, Drew Barrymore and David Schwimmer in the leads. Smith, who not only thought those choices were terrible, was dead-set on casting his friends, so instead he filmed it independently for a huge fraction on the budget and gave the studio first dibs on distribution.
    • Kevin Smith originally planned to close out The View Askewniverse (then called "the Jersey trilogy") with this film, but changed his mind when Jay and Silent Bob found their way into Dogma, resulting in three more Askewniverse films.
    • The movie was apparently only two votes away from an Acadamy Award nomination for "Best Original Screenplay." One can only wonder what this would have done from both the film and Kevin Smith's reputation.
  • Write What You Know: The film's story is largely based on Kevin Smith's relationship with Joey Lauren Adams, who plays Alyssa. Although he later pointed out that, while Adams was more sexually experienced than him, it was nowhere near as devious as Alyssa's and that he was more jealous that she had spent most of her youth traveling the world while he had spent most of his life in New Jersey.

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