Release date:September 26, 2008
Studio:Fox Searchlight Pictures
MPAA Rating:R (for strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Starring:Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Brad William Henke, Kelly Macdonald
Actor-turned-director Clark Gregg shows he is as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it with "Choke," a wickedly colorful dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbelly of Colonial theme parks. Victor Mancini (Rockwell), a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida (Huston), in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical reenactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who "save" him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny (Henke) and his mother's beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall (Macdonald), to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever.