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Choke Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

...Couldn’t we just find out that he’s been punching himself in the face the entire time instead? Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter James Greenberg

    For much of the way, the film just feels like it's pressing too hard to make an impression.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Yes, it's not for the squeamish or easily offended, but its sordidness is more superficially shocking than wickedly satirical.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The movie veers with surprising ease between comedy and tragedy. Some scenes are hilarious; others are somber.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Some stretches are very funny, although the laughter is undermined by the desperation and sadness of the situations.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's an indelibly warped cartoon of lust and despair.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Adults-only sex comedy is shocking but shallow.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this extremely mature comedy based on a novel by the author of Fight Club isn't for kids in any way. Every scene includes or deals with sex, nudity, sexual situations, and sexual acts. There's extensive nudity, and a few scenes depict sexual activity in unflinchingly graphic fashion. There's also drinking and lots of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and while the film ultimately has a message of redemption, the lead-up to that moment is filled with rough, raw content and images.

  • Families can talk about the nature of extreme satirical comedy. Is this movie intended to be over the top? How can you tell? What messages is it sending about sex and relationships? This movie was adapted from a novel by the author of Fight Club; what do this movie and Fight Club have in common? Families can also discuss the challenges of caring for an aging parent, as well as why people engage in compulsive behaviors.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The lead character is a schemer and scammer who fakes choking in restaurants so that the people who rescue him might help him financially and emotionally. Extensive depiction and discussion of sex addiction; extensive depiction of an elderly patient in the throes of Alzheimer's disease; extensive discussion of religious imagery and concepts, including a character's belief that his mother had him generated from the DNA found in a bizarre religious artifact. A character's mother, in his youth, abducted him from a series of foster homes. Extensive discussion of religious imagery and themes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Scuffling and some fist-fighting. A consensual rape fantasy includes a woman being held at knifepoint.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Constant discussion and depiction of sex and sex addiction, with graphic images and depictions on screen. Characters engage in compulsive sexual behavior with a variety of partners; there's extensive and near-constant nudity. Discussion of molestation, fetishes, sex toys, sex acts, masturbation, and more. Several scenes are set at a strip club; many others take place at a 12-step meeting for sex addicts. Two characters ineptly enact a consensual rape fantasy.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant strong language including "damn," "hell," "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "dick," "boned," "hooker," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A few brands visible, including Tab and Hostess Sno-Balls.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, wine, and hard liquor. Characters hang out in bars and smoke. A doctor says that a character's Alzheimer's may be exacerbated by years of substance abuse.

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