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Choke (2008)

Sam Rockwell , Anjelica Huston , Clark Gregg  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Kathryn Alexander, Teodorina Bello
  • Directors: Clark Gregg
  • Writers: Clark Gregg, Chuck Palahniuk
  • Producers: Beau Flynn, Derrick Tseng, Gary Ventimiglia, Johnathan Dorfman, Laurie May
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O2UTQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), Choke is a dark and wickedly funny joyride from the depths of sexual compulsion to the heights of the Second Coming! Beside working at a colonial reenactment theme park and trying to hook up with everything on two legs, sex addict Victor Mancini courts the love and money of complete strangers via a demented con that might just kill him. But first, Victor must save his dying, delusional mother (Angelica Houston) by seducing and impregnating her comely physician, a task easier said than done, in this gleefully twisted tale of dysfunction, salvation, love, and libido.

Not many movies about addiction and terminal illness can end up comedies, but Choke pulls it off. Protagonist Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a disgruntled, unrepentant sex addict, works at a cheesy colonial theme park, while his dying, addled mother Ida (Anjelica Huston) thinks he's her lawyer instead of her son. Ida's doctor Paige (Kelly Macdonald, Trainspotting, No County for Old Men) says the only way Victor can save his mother is to impregnate Paige for a controversial stem-cell treatment--and according to his mother's diary, Victor himself is the result of a questioable fertility experiment with a particularly intimate holy now you may have recognized the darkly satirical hand of author Chuck Palahniuk, whose prickly comic novels (Snuff, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby) smash taboos with brutal glee. Choke doesn't achieve the broad cultural scope or cinematic spectacle of Fight Club, but fans will find plenty to enjoy--consider Choke a more intimate examination of Palahniukian themes. Rockwell, star of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Matchstick Men, always seems on the brink of true stardom; here he gives another freewheeling but emotionally rich performance that will add to his offbeat but compelling repertoire. The strong supporting cast, including Joel Grey, Brad William Henke (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Bijou Phillips (Hostel: Part II), and screenwriter/director Clark Gregg (The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, Spartan), flesh out Palahniuk's caustic yet funny world. --Bret Fetzer

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Big to Swallow Whole September 28, 2008
"Choke" is so bizarre that I really don't know what to make of it. It's a fascinating film, but its eccentricities are at times so overplayed that it felt like they were being drilled into my head. The very concept doesn't sit that well with me. It tells the story of a sex addict who cons rich people out of their money by pretending to choke in upscale restaurants. He does this, you see, because he has hospital bills to pay, all of which go towards the care of his mentally ill mother. Basically, "Choke" is a strange film about really strange people. That may be part of the film's appeal, I guess, as is the fact that, in a demented sort of way, it's actually very funny, although I'd be lying if I said that I completely understood the sense of humor. This adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has a charm about it that's oddly disturbing, which is to say that not all audiences are going to respond to it.

"Choke" begins in much the same way as another Palahniuk adaptation, "Fight Club": the main character/narrator, Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), is introduced at a twelve-step meeting with other sex addicts (one of which is played by Joel Grey). And much like Edward Norton's character, Victor doesn't go for the therapy--he goes to meet women, and he spends quite a bit of time with the woman he's supposed to be sponsoring. When he's not having sex in dimly lit rooms or at restaurants begging for the Heimlich maneuver, he gets by as an historical tour guide for a Colonial-era theme park. He doesn't get along with his superior, Lord High Charlie (Clark Gregg, the film's writer and director), who always insists on keeping everything as historically accurate as possible. The two cardinal rules: No modern amenities, and absolutely no modern English.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 decent black comedy October 12, 2008
"Choke" directed by Clark Gregg and base off the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk.

Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) has been put in the tough spot of having to pay for his mother's (Anjelica Houston) medical expenses. His mother has developed Alzheimer's and must be cared for at all times. The resulting medical expenses are more than Victor's current job at the local Colonial Theme Park can afford. Victor derives an unusual scam in which he frequents upscale dining establishments and makes himself choke on the food. The result being that one of the more well to do clients of the establishment saves him and from that point on feels somewhat parental towards Victor and continues to send money and gifts to him as time goes on. In between trips to the hospital, and working at the theme park Victor is visiting the local program he attends for sex addiction which he is not successful at beating. During one of his visits to his mother in which she thinks he is her lawyer she mentions that she needs to tell Victor more about his real dad. This fuels Victor to try and figure out what she hasn't been telling him and his mother's new Doctor, Paige Marshall (Kelly Macdonald) thinks she may have a way to save her and help him discover what he wants to know...

"Choke" is a decent Black comedy with unique characters and unique situations. This movie is definitely not going to be for everyone as many seem to have a deaf ear for this type of sarcastic humor and the sexual situations may be too much for some as well.

The Good: This was an atypical story which is a nice change from all the formulaic movies that are usually released. The acting all around seemed to be well done and the look of the movie was good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING OFF BEAT AND TWISTED DARK COMEDY! October 7, 2009
For those of us who like strange cinema, this is a no brainer! Sam Rockwell gives yet another great performance as a sex addict with a mother who is mentally ill in a hospital. This film could have been played completely straight as the subject matter is depressing at times. What makes this film so interesting is how this works as a twisted dark comedy. This is the kind of film you don't want to know too much about going into it, but be sure of this; if you like little films that go against the grain, then you will probably like 'Choke'. It has some good laughs, drama, interesting characters and story...and a fair amount of nudity and sex to boot!

Mr. "Mackshire" you'll LOVE this one! ;-b

Oh! I see you already reviewed this film! :-D
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't wait until Feb.17 January 17, 2009
I saw Choke the night it came out. It was a tough sell with my friends seeing as the week before I had made the fatal error of convincing everyone to see Death Race. The good news is that Choke got me out of bad taste movie jail. And the bad news, well there wasn't any. Choke rocked. Sam Rockwell should get an academy award for his stellar performance. Angelica Houston's performance is nothing less than top notch. Tackling the topic of sex addiction is a fresh idea. There seems to be a shortage of those in Hollywood. This one of those movies that helps me draw a line in the sand. Either you're with me on Choke, or you just don't get it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As much as I'd hoped for... March 23, 2009
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I'm a big fan of Palahniuk, and I was really excited when I first found out that "Choke" was in the works to be a movie. Of course, I wasn't expecting the film to compare to the level of the book, but Choke delivers a good adaptation-- especially in the form of Sam Rockwell as the exceptionally deranged and humorous Victor Mancini. I couldn't picture a better actor to portray his character. Of course, the movie seemed too short, and there were parts missing from the book. All in all, Choke makes a solid transition from page to film, and I was very pleased with the result.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A light-hearted take on sex addiction
The movie was good, but they did change a lot from the book. It definitely felt more light-hearted and humorous than the book, since Chuck P tends to be very cynical and very... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Chelsea Moyer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like this movie didn't even watch the whole thing.
It went straight to the used store.
Published 16 days ago by infrequent
3.0 out of 5 stars the acting was pretty good and it followed the storyline of the book
I'm not sure what I was expecting out of this, but I guess I was hoping for something a bit more thrilling; however, the acting was pretty good and it followed the storyline of the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Amber Wells
2.0 out of 5 stars Why?
Worse than it needed to be. Tarantino on lobotomy. Every level of acting but good. Should be titled Choking On a Bad Story Poorly Interprid.
Published 3 months ago by James Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars I ...
Love! Love! Love! Love!
Published 3 months ago by Ys
4.0 out of 5 stars BLACK COMEDY BIZARRE & WORTH IT.
For perhaps most mainstream Americans, there are many opportunities in this great little film where you can choose to be offended. But give it a while. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lapisblue
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, I wish they followed closer the the book.
Sam Rockwell as Victor was good in this movie and Brad Henke as Denny was even better. They got Denny right and Victor some what correct but, the did no justice to Ida Mancini and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Benjamin Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Book is WAY better.
I read the book before seeing the movie. The book is way way better than the movie (usually how it works). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Reclusive Tim
2.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better
It would have been better to see this before reading Palahniuk's book. As ever, the nuanced and deep thoughts of the original work are not carried over to the film adaptation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bwana
5.0 out of 5 stars Subreal
It makes justice to the book. Sam Rockwell performance is stunning-like always-. smart, funny, intriguing, disturbing. A great movie!
Totally subreal
Published 9 months ago by Cinthia Rivera
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