Bunky is right. Holden does fall for her, but works hard to keep his feelings hidden, which becomes more and more difficult for him. Eventually, he breaks down and in an emotional scene, Holden confesses his real feelings for Alyssa. He convinces her to take a chance with him despite her sexual preferences and she relunctantly agrees. Bunky does all her can to discount Alyssa as a good person, digging up embarrassing information about her past and insulting her whenever he can. Holden is hurt and confused by Bunky's vehemence is getting Alyssa out of their lives, and soon a wedge is driven between the two best friends. Ironically, another wedge eventually comes between Alyssa and Holden, too. When he finds out about her disturbing past, he is afraid to pursue their relationship any further. On the verge of losing two people he loves, Holden must decide what matters to him. Alyssa and Bunky must both admit their true feelings for Holden.
"Chasing Amy" was just as real and down to earth as Smith's other films, but warmer. You really learn to like these characters and root for them to figure it all out. Despite not being a Ben Affleck fan, this is my favorite role of his. He made Holden real enough to fall for and his timing with the other lead actors was superb and fun to watch. Jason Lee, on the hand, is one of my favorite actors, and he does not disappoint. His bitterness and secret anxiety over his feelings for his best friend were subtle and incredibly realistic. Joey Lauren Adams was adorable as Alyssa, and nailed her confusion and angst. A really good movie, it also makes a great point in it's infamous tagline, "It's not who you love... it's how."
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