Choke

Choke

Choke

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
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Palahniuk's antic absurdism is duly present, but the hurtling pace and barely-underlying nihilism that transferred to screen so vividly in "Fight Club" aren't much in evidence here.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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It adds up to an entertaining collection of vignettes strung together by a sarcastic loudmouth whose heart is breaking under his sophomoric bravado.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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While the movie will definitely not be to everyone's taste, black-hearted romantics will find Choke easy to swallow.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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For much of the way, the film just feels like it's pressing too hard to make an impression.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The film feels flat. I don't know how to express my criticism much more than to say that things unfold before you, but you never really engage in the world beyond just watching it.

3.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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An uneven take on Palahniuk’s fourth novel, Rockwell and Huston shining brightly enough to eclipse a patchy directorial debut.

3.0
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Saw this twice. Better with a big audience. But I agree with the Flicks review. Felt a bit patchy. A bit weird-for-the-sake-of-weird, and it didn't really work as a whole. Started off quite creatively, but as the film progressed it got more and more conventional. Sam Rockwell, however, is great in it.

3.0
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Saw a Sneaky Pictures preview of this - i thought it was really funny. The flashback bits are boring, and it's what one might call "uneven". But it's a low budget charm, and Sam Rockwell is great.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Palahniuk's antic absurdism is duly present, but the hurtling pace and barely-underlying nihilism that transferred to screen so vividly in "Fight Club" aren't much in evidence here.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It adds up to an entertaining collection of vignettes strung together by a sarcastic loudmouth whose heart is breaking under his sophomoric bravado.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

While the movie will definitely not be to everyone's taste, black-hearted romantics will find Choke easy to swallow.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

For much of the way, the film just feels like it's pressing too hard to make an impression.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The film feels flat. I don't know how to express my criticism much more than to say that things unfold before you, but you never really engage in the world beyond just watching it.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An uneven take on Palahniuk’s fourth novel, Rockwell and Huston shining brightly enough to eclipse a patchy directorial debut.

3.0
0

Saw this twice. Better with a big audience. But I agree with the Flicks review. Felt a bit patchy. A bit weird-for-the-sake-of-weird, and it didn't really work as a whole. Started off quite creatively, but as the film progressed it got more and more conventional. Sam Rockwell, however, is great in it.

3.0
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Saw a Sneaky Pictures preview of this - i thought it was really funny. The flashback bits are boring, and it's what one might call "uneven". But it's a low budget charm, and Sam Rockwell is great.

4.0
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