Tonight we got the opportunity to go and see a sneak preview of the new movie Choke. It's based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and half a dozen other great books. I have been waiting for nearly 2 full years for this movie to come out. I'm quite pleased to say that it did not disappoint. Sam Rockwell was perfectly cast as Victor Mancini, the sexaholic who goes to sexaholic anonymous meetings in order to get laid. Anjelica Huston plays his mom and does a fine job as well.
Since this was a preview showing, there was a rep from Fox/Searchlight in attendance. Before the show he let people know that they would shoot you on sight if you tried to take a picture of the screen during the movie. More importantly, he let everybody know that he'd be waiting around after to hear what everybody thought of the movie. Oh, this is gonna be good.
So we watched the movie and there are several big laughs in it. There's also a fair amount of gratuitous sex. Victor has sex pretty much anywhere he can. Though, he has trouble getting it up when trying to screw a girl he actually likes in church. I don't mean he likes her in church, I mean he's trying to screw her IN CHURCH. “What would Jesus NOT do”, indeed.
When the movie was out I stood around with the group of us that all went and we were talking about the film. We were also listening to the conversations of the other moviegoers around us. It was an older crowed that showed up for the free screening, so I wasn't all that surprised to hear all the negative comments. However, there was one that really stuck out.
As I was walking over to tell the Fox/Searchlight rep how much I liked the film, I passed by a women who was crying. I paused long enough to listen to what she had to say to her friend. “My aunt died of Alzheimer's and for them to be making fun of it in that way is repulsive.” So let me get this straight, you didn't have a problem with all the sex, you didn't have a problem with all the foul language, you didn't have a problem with the anal beads… No, you had a problem with the fact that Anjelica Huston's character had Alzheimer's? Wow, perhaps next time you may want to check out the trailer for the movie that you are getting free tickets to before you go. Chances are, if you see the name Chuck Palahniuk attached to the movie in some way, you are likely going to be offended.
Go out and see this movie. Just leave the uptight friends at home.