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.

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Kathryn Alexander ...
Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello ...
Jamaican Lady
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Edwin's Wife
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Willi Burke ...
Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)
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Internet Date / Gwen
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Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
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Shapely Nurse
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Sex addict and colonial theme park worker, Victor Mancini, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mom's hospital bills while she suffers from an Alzheimer's disease that hides the truth about his childhood. He pretends to choke on food in a restaurant and the person who "saves" him will feel responsible for Victor for the rest of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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From the author of Fight Club

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Asfixia  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,319,286 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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$2,926,565 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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1.66 : 1
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Chuck Palahniuk: the author of the book, is the man sitting next to Victor on the plane at the end of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Victor is attempting to feed his mother cannelloni in their first meeting scene, the camera changes angle and she is not wearing the napkins he previously placed under her chin. When the camera moves back to another angle the napkins have miraculously returned. See more »

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Ida J. Mancini: A long time ago in ancient Greece,there was a young girl who fell in love with a young boy from another country.One day word came that the young boy would have to go home.So on their last night together she traced the outline of her lovers shadow,so that she could always remember how he looked on the very last moments they were ever to be together.
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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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Padre, Germani, Addio! - Ilia, Idamente
Performed by Heather Harper and Jessye Norman
Courtesy of Opera d'Ora Records and Allegro Corporation
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Not sure how to feel about it
1 October 2008 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

This movie left me in a strangely ambivalent state after I watched it, because I'm not sure if I'm judging it on its actual merits, or my expectations. Having been a fan of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, I was expecting something brash, frenetic and perfectly offensive, but in a good way. The problem is that while the novel was blunt and vulgar, spelling out every bit of Victor Mancini's sexual exploits in almost academic detail, the movie stops a bit short of pushing the edge and instead leaves a lot of it up to suggestion.

Another reason that I'm not sure how I felt about it is because the director took a unique approach to the work that I'm still trying to decide if I liked or not. You see, Chuck Palahniuk's novels have a very distinctive narrative style to them, and in Fight Club (also based on one of Chuck's books,) director David Fincher emulated it perfectly. I'm talking mostly about Chuck's usage of repetition with lines such as "I am Jack's colon," Choke's director, Clark Gregg chose not to emulate this and instead brought the text of the book to life without mimicking it's distinctive narrative. So if you're a fan of Chuck's work, this may bother you. On the other hand, it does help Choke stand out on its own merits and not feel like it's trying to build off of the success of Fight Club.

So for those of you who haven't read the book, how does it stand? Well as I said before, considering how much more graphic and indecent this movie's source material was, I think the movie missed out on a lot of its potential. I almost feel like Clark Gregg went too easy on all of the characters making them come off as sympathetic when they worked better as being completely hopeless. It's also not as funny as it could have been, since a lot of Victor's (the protagonist's) interactions with everybody from the sex addicts, to the people in the historic reenactment village to the people he pretends to choke for, were all summarized too much, and had much more potential for comedy. Overall i'd say this movie is alright, but could have been done better.


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