Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy" is the third film in the View Askewniverse series (following "Clerks"  and "Mallrats" ). The story focuses on two alternative comics creators, Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck) and Banky Edwards (Jason Lee), who write and illustrate a comic based on Smith's characters Jay and Silent Bob. When Hooper X (Dwight Ewell) introduces Holden to Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), a gay woman who makes her own comic, the two start hanging out. Over time, Holden falls in love with Alyssa and they begin a relationship.
Critics liked the film, though parts of it feel problematic now, such as Holden's expectation that his feelings matter more than those of his friends and loved ones. It engages with much of the LGBTQ scene of the 1990s, but some of this feels like tokenism now. That likely stems from new expectations for media depicting non-cishetero characters in the late 2010s and is not a mark against a product made in 1997. It just shows how times have changed and how even a film that was once ahead of its time in terms of representation can feel behind the times later. With that being said, the personal nature of this story (Kevin Smith thought of it while he was dating Joey Lauren Adams) comes through and makes it one of Smith's best films.
The depiction of the alternative comics and underground comix scene of the mid-1990s is particularly interesting. Smith recruited Mike Allred (of "Madman" fame) to produce the art for "Bluntman and Chronic." Allred even makes a brief appearance as himself at the convention during the beginning of the film. Since then, Allred and his style, which recalls comics of the 1950s and 1960s, has entered the mainstream and now produces work for both Marvel and DC. At the film's end, Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti appear as themselves at another convention. Quesada, once a freelance artist for Valiant Comics, worked his way up to be Marvel's Editor-in-Chief and eventual Chief Creative Officer. Palmiotti himself has a dream career, working as a writer and artist throughout the industry and writing screenplays.
For those following the View Askewniverse, this film foreshadows Jay & Silent Bob's trip to Illinois, where we find them in "Dogma" (1999). It also sets up the events that lead to their actions in "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001).