It’s hard sometimes to tell if Smith intends this chatter as gospel, or if he’s presenting it ironically, but in Chasing Amy, he hints that it may be the latter.
This comedy stars Ben Affleck as a comic book artist who falls in love with a lesbian fellow comic book artist, played by Joey Lauren Adams.
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Edelstein: This movie was undersung, so I’m glad we’re singing it.
Jim Carrey is the least filled-in of modern clowns, the most desperate, as if he’d dissolve if he stopped doing (or turning) tricks.
Watch how graceful she is at demonstrating adolescent gawkiness — she’s an anti-ballerina losing the battle to gravity. The boy with whom she had a fraught relationship at 13 is now Mark Ruffalo, whose disheveled adorableness makes him a perfect fit for this child in a woman’s body. Edelstein: The premise sounds icky and vaguely exploitative: Adam Sandler falls in love with a woman (Drew Barrymore) with no short-term memory, so that he has to win her over "every friggin' day." And it doesn’t help that the movie begins with a walrus projectile vomiting — a sop (or soup) to the gross-out star’s hardcore fans.
And what an actress: As Garner’s Jenna slowly realizes how she has compromised her adolescent ideals, your heart aches for her. But somehow this evolves into one of the most endearing of all recent Valentine's Day romantic comedies.
We’re in awe of the absolute, criminal dedication Carrey’s character has to uniting with his lover, as well as the sheer fury with which they ravage each other when they are together.
So many of us didn’t quite know what to make of it at the time, but it really holds up.
Ebiri: Tonally, this might be the strangest film on this list.
Sorta-kinda based on a true story, it features Jim Carrey, in one of his greatest roles, as a gay con man who falls in love in prison with Ewan Mc Gregor's convict, and the insane hoops Carrey jumps through in order for them to stay together.
That’s a totally loaded proposition to begin with — one that the movie treats quite frankly — but the real romance in the film is the one between Affleck’s character and his best friend and partner (Jason Lee).