Anyway, as for this movie, based on a book by Chuck Palahniuk, who's most famous for "Fight Club". I never read the novel of "Fight Club", but I loved the movie and went out and read a lot of Palahniuk's other works. Of the novels I've read, I liked "Choke" the most, so I was very excited about this movie. Plus I'm a fan of Sam Rockwell (check out "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), so that's an extra bonus.
And the movie...mostly delivered. Sam Rockwell is fine as Victor Mancini, a sex-addict who purposely chokes on food at restaurants so that wealthy people can "rescue" him. Why does he do that? Because they'll feel responsible for his life, and when he lays a sob-story on them, they'll send money. He needs that money to pay for his mother's nursing home care. Thing is, he hates his mother (Anjelica Huston), and doesn't care if she dies, he just wants to find out about his father before she goes. Oh yeah, and he might just be the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Yeah, that's Palahniuk's sense of humor, and that's the strongest point of the movie--it nails his sense of humor spot on. But what surprised me is how much humanity and redemption there was in the movie. Palahniuk's books are nihilist--there is no redemption there. If anything, they're about how elusive redemption is (what the hell was the ending to "Fight Club" about, anyway?). When I want Plahniuk's sense of humor but with a dose of humanity and redemption, I'll read some Christopher Moore (and I do, quite often).
So all in all, I give it a B (which is odd, because I've never given out grades before). Well done, and I can't fault it for offering hope. It'd be great for people who've read some Palahniuk but wish he had a little more humanity. Or for people who haven't read Palahniuk, but have been told they should. This would be a fine introduction.