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Victor's mother lives in a private hospital and he comes up with some inventive ways of making the monthly payments for her care. When his declining mother hints that she might tell him who his father is, he hopes to finally get answers he has been searching for. He has known his father and wants to get acquainted with him.
PROFANITY: 28 F-words, 16 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Lots of sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Constant sex humor; dark humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Despite solid performances and witty dialogue, Choke never gets us into Victor's skin. We can piece together all the clues and understand intellectually why he is the way he is, but we don't feel it.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average The film makes a flywheel kind of progress toward its conclusion, feeling like it has arrived not at a resolution but at a rest stop.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average There is some clever dialogue as well as a few ludicrously funny situations, but the movie feels too broad and disjointed to be truly absurdist fun.
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Victor (Sam Rockwell), in an effort to pay for his once radical, now demented mother's
(Anjelica Huston) expensive care in a private hospital, engages in a brazen
scam. While dining in upscale restaurants, he deliberately chokes on his food, allowing himself to be
"saved" by good Samaritans who grow so close to him in the wake of their heroic Heimlich
Maneuvers, they lavish him with checks. His day job is no more conventional: he portrays an
indentured Irish servant in full 18th Century garb at a historical theme park. And when he isn't busy
being a put upon Pilgrim, gagging violently or visiting the mother who doesn't recognize him, Victor
is attending sexaholic recovery meetings (or having forbidden encounters in the meeting hall
It's no wonder Victor feels adrift. But when his declining mother hints that she might be
ready to spill the secret identity of his long lost father, Victor hopes it can finally provide the answers
he has been searching for. With the help of his fellow sex addict Denny (Brad William Henke),
Victor befriends his mother's alluring young physician (Kelly Macdonald),
who leads him to believe his origins may be far more shockingly divine than he ever could have
imagined. So is Victor Mancini still the no-good loser he has always thought he would be for the rest
of his life or could he possibly be . . . some crazy kind of savior?