Even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are, and what you’ve meant to me. Which, while I do appreciate it, i’d never need a picture of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.”

There is something about this scene, the vulnerability in it, and that moment where you know that what is being opened up will change everything. It could have been terribly cheesy, but it is not, not even at all. To me it is believable, relatable, and painful in that way that when I first saw it I watched it through my fingers, with my hands covering my eyes, dreading what the outcome would be.

I think there is this universal feeling to it. That feeling of falling into an impossible situation, and having it burn you so deeply that you feel there is no way you can keep your feelings inside any longer, and that risk, that utter and complete risk, of telling someone you are in love with them in the face of rejection.

Beyond this scene, there are so many other things I love about Chasing Amy. Alyssa is one of those characters that I relate to on an under the skin level, one of a few that I feel in a visceral way. I love how complex they wrote her friendship with Holden, and her own self-actualized journey, and reality. I love the friendship between Holden and Banky, as well, and the wit and pop culture peppered in to a very real love story.

The scene at the club, which includes a send up to the Jaws scar conversation is a close second to favorites of mine, but this one always wins out. This scene is one of the reasons this is my favorite Kevin Smith film, and one of my all-time favorite films, too.

I also love the way the thunder claps, dramatically, and with that audible feeling of doom, when Holden says that first “I love you” to Alyssa.

The video cuts out before you see the end of the scene, but I sort of like the way it leaves it up in the air; even though I know what else happens in the rain.

My favorite scene from Chasing Amy

7 thoughts on “Although I think we’re great friends :: my favorite movies

    1. It is one of my favorite relationship movies, though it is not standard fare (probably why I like it the way I do). An interesting take on the fluidity of sexuality, of friendship and of understanding/misunderstanding of love and sex and the stuff that makes up the in-between. It is quite different than Kevin Smith’s other films, though still has quite a bit of his brand of humor weaved within. I’d be curious what you thought of it if you do watch it.

    1. For some reason I thought you would’ve seen it. My same comments to you as what I wrote above – I would really love to know what you think of it. Have you seen other films by Kevin Smith?

      1. I’ve seen a few of his films… but I’m not a huge fan to be honest. Clerks is the only one that I really loved. But I’ll definitely try out Chasing Amy

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