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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.

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Clark Gregg

Writers:

Clark Gregg (screenplay), Chuck Palahniuk (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Alexander Kathryn Alexander ... Mousy Girl / Agnes
Teodorina Bello Teodorina Bello ... Jamaican Lady
Kate Blumberg ... Edwin's Wife
Jonah Bobo ... Young Victor
Willi Burke Willi Burke ... Deranged Socialite (as Wilma 'Willi' Burke)
Heather Burns ... Internet Date / Gwen
David Fonteno ... Edwin
Matt Gerald ... Detective Ryan
Clark Gregg ... Lord High Charlie
Joel Grey ... Phil
Viola Harris Viola Harris ... Eva Muller
Brad William Henke ... Denny
Paz de la Huerta ... Nico (as Paz De La Huerta)
Michelle Hurst ... Shapely Nurse
Anjelica Huston ... Ida J. Mancini
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,319,286, 28 September 2008

Gross USA:

$2,926,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,982,459
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Dolby Digital

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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Pretty entertaining flick...
16 March 2010 | by rrh87See all my reviews

This is actually a review from someone who read the novel before watching, and since I'm sure anyone interested in this movie have had watched or read Choke novel or Fight Club, I won't make a synopsis of the film.

I'm going to start with the cons: I gave this movie a 7 out of 10 mainly because of its cinematography; there was zero creativity involved in it. From start to finish, you never get to see and let alone appreciate the surroundings in which the characters are. With this lack of creativeness, it seemed like the environment from every scene was a cheap set and not actual places. There's no introduction to the city in which Victor (the protagonist) lives, his work, the "mental facility", etc.

This leaves the movie with full of dullness and no life to it, switching from one scene to the next with just the actors interacting with one another with no pleasant detail to it. Some scenes could have been better OR longer (for example; the first choke scene in the restaurant), although nice, it seemed pretty rushed. And talking about longer scenes comes my third con: its length. This movie is almost 1hr and half and I'm sure if they made it at least 2hrs long it could have been better, but that's just my opinion.

The jokes are pretty faithful to the novel and most of them will at least manage to get a chuckle out of you. The protagonist sometimes narrate some scenes a la Fight Club which is a nice touch. The acting is very good and Sam Rockwell perfectly portrayed Victor Mancini as the reckless sex addict. Brad William Henke (Denny) seemed out of place in this movie, since his true character should have been skinny instead of tall and bulked. Same thing with Victor's mom Ida Mancini (Anjelica Huston) which they portrayed her kind of healthy instead of a sick, skinny woman.

Finally, the movie is very good and entertaining with its dark humor, but it seriously lack in the cinematography and length department.


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