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Choke 2008

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A sex-addicted con man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.

Starring:
Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kathryn Alexander
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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"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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"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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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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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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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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