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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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

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.

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Variety

Variety

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

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

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

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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

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

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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