Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club), this satiricial comedy is about sex addiction, religion and dementia. Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) is a sex-addicted dropout who has to pay for his deranged mother’s (Anjelica Huston) expensive hospital bills. He does this by spending his days working as a 'historical reenactor' at a colonial themepark. But, at night, Victor runs a scam by pretending to choke in posh restaurants to form relationships with the wealthy patrons who save him.
Then his mother reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father's identity, so Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Brad William Henke) and his mother's beautiful physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Kelly Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his parentage is lost forever. Whilst shagging everyone he meets, of course.
Winner of the Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival 2008.
2008Rating: R18, contains sex scenes and offensive language93 minsUSA
Fight Club shouldn't have worked. Chuck Palahniuk's writing isn't really supposed to be filmed. Choke's slightly awkward blend of gross-out laughs and uncompromising themes of sex, religion and mental illness shows why. Adapted by debutant director Clark Gregg from Palahniuk's 2001 novel, the film follows Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a sex-addict whose mother (Anjelica Huston) suffers from dementia.