2008-09-26 16:46
What it's about

Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell), a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times.

Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be "saved" by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor's life, go on to send cheques to support him.

When he's not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park.

What the critics said

"Choke makes its source material's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink absurdism broader, less expressive and cheaply reductive."
Bill Weber - [Slant Magazine]

"Talky odyssey about a lewd leading man and glum sex addict in sexaholic rehab when not, well, having sex. Possibly the first on screen designated dirty young man ever. I See Nude People."
Prairie Miller - [NewsBlaze]

"It’s an indelibly warped cartoon of lust and despair. "
Owen Gleiberman - [Entertainment Weekly]

"I don’t know what to tell you about a dismal bucket of nauseating swill called Choke, except to warn that if you spend hard-earned money to sit through it, you deserve to do exactly what the title implies."
Rex Reed - [New York Observer]

"It’s bizarrely flat - it has no affect. It’s like Palahniuk translated into Robotese. "
David Edelstein - [New York Magazine]

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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.

galamatias 2008/10/01 2:03 PM
all choked up With respect to all those knowledgeable reviewers quoted above (who one would assume would be more comfortable watching something with Adam Sandler or intense CGI) CHOKE is a thoughtful, and thought provoking, film. It may not be as dark or incisive as Chuck Palahniuk's novel, but it still challenges the hypocrasy of much of the viewing audience. We don't mind seeing naked people having sex, as long as it's Art (Lust, Caution) or exploitation (eTV weekends ...) Just don't ask us to think about the causes or consequences of "deviant" behaviour. No, this isn't one of the "Films of the Year" (whatever that means) it is just a challenging look at some sad individuals trying to deal with the chaos of their lives and survive. Not for your E Entertainment audience then ...
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