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Choke

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Source: Catholic News Service

Generally repellant comedy with serious pretensions adapted from Chuck Palahniuk's novel about an inveterate sex addict (Sam Rockwell). When not pursuing a lucrative choking-in-a-restaurant scam, he works as a historical theme park performer to pay the mental hospital bills for his mother (Angelica Huston), whose compassionate physician (Kelly Macdonald) falls for him. Writer-director Clark Gregg has a good bit as one of the theme-park workers in a cast that also includes Brad William Henke, Jonah Bobo and Joel Grey. But the pervasive sexual encounters and various irreverent elements—the doctor informs the son that he may be the offspring of Jesus, and there are two sexual encounters in the hospital's chapel—cross the line, whatever their ostensible satiric and dramatic purpose. Strong sexual content with multiple encounters, most with upper female nudity, sacrilegious elements, some rough language and profanity, and scatological and drug references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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