Saturday, March 6th, 2010


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We watched this with Mark I.

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a sex addict named Victor Mancini,
who was always doing something (or someone) with his weenie.
He often pretended to choke,
in order to scam the rich folk.
But since he was doing it for his mom, he wasn’t a total weenie.

HAIKU REVIEW: Man pretends to choke.
He’s also a sex addict.
His mom is dying.

PEOPLE: Based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk — just like Fight Club. Directed by Clark Gregg (Iron Man 1 & 2, The Usual Suspects, Magnolia, Clear & Present Danger). Starring Anjelica Huston, and Sam Rockwell (aka Zaphod Beeblebrox in the 2005 Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy film, also in the 2000 Charlie’s Angels movie, Galaxy Quest, and MOON!!!). With Brad William Henke (Lost) who looks like an older, beefier, creepier Seth Rogan, and Kelly MacDonald (aka Carla Jean Moss from No Country For Old Men, also in Trainspotting, Splendor, and a bit part in the same 2005 Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy film that Sam Rockwell was in).

QUIRKS: This movie is kind of a dramedy, but I think it’s heavier on the comedy side. Not because it’s a straight comedy, but simply because the situations, dialog, and actions of all the characters involved are FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKED up.

Sex addicts. Crazy old ladies in nursing homes. Fetish sex (rape fantasy date, but with no “Did somebody order the rape?” line like Michael Cera in Extreme Movie). Colonial America reenactment actors. Fake choking. Real choking. Childhood flashbacks to shitty parenting. Strippers. Redemption. Cloning Jesus. Anal beads. A twist at the end.

This movie is ALL OVER THE PLACE. ALLLLLLLL OVERRRRRRRR the place! Chuck Palahniuk writes FUCKED up stories. And you know what? It works. Totally. These elements may sound random, but they are deftly woven together into a single story that maintains a high level of interestingness throughout the movie.

MORALS: The movie doesn’t really have a moral, other than the closing speech talking about how despite the fact that it is the world who determines whether we are “good” or not, that we can still ultimately decide for ourselves whenever we decide to. Which is a pretty good moral. But it has little to do with the actual movie.

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 4/5 stars (tho we’d both give it 4.5/5 if that were possible; netflix says people like me rate this 4.1 stars, but people in general rate it 3.2 stars). IMDB: 8/10, though we’d probably give it an 8.5/10 if that were possible. It’s rated 6.8/10, overall. So we definitely liked this better than most!

This was an amazing movie. It loses out from being a 5 star film simply because the dramatic elements bogged down some of the comedic elements, which were much more enjoyable. But it doesn’t lose much, because the dramatic elements also imparted a much deeper meaning to the film than something like “Sex Drive” which is simply about being get laid. (Regardless, Sex Drive got 5/5 stars for being absolutely hilarious.)

RECOMMENDATION: If you want to laugh your ass off not so much at jokes, but at incredibly messed up situations: Look no further. This amazing movie must be watched!

MOVIE QUOTE: Victor Mancini: “What would Jesus *not* do?”

COINCIDENCES: (Choke, Bob & Doug/Strange Brew:TAS #2-3) 2 videos in a row with people having to take care of their sick old mom and dealing with the mom’s care facility. And then Strange Brew #3 and Choke both had a friend unexpectedly crashing and ending up living with them. So it was also two Choke Vs. Strange Brew:TAS coincidences in a row!

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian liked it. (more…)