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Choking Man (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Quirky animated interludes fail to lift this dull US immigrant indie out of its introverted torpid state.

Movie Info

At the Olympic Diner, Jorge, the dishwasher, is choking on the American dream. Jorge is caught between his Ecuadorian roots, his new American life working at the diner for Rick and his own crippling shyness. When the diner adds a bright new member to the staff, Jorge's world gets a little more complicated as his affections grow for the new waitress, a beautiful Chinese girl named Amy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Steve Barron, Steven Barron
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
Runtime:

Cast

Paolo Andino
as Choking Man
Marika Daciuk
as Rick's Wife
Russell G. Jones
as Subway Man
Oliver Barron
as Construction Worker
Philip Levy
as Middle-Aged Customer
Ruth Jaffe
as female diner
Stewart Steinberg
as Gruff Thrift Helper
Joan Kafer
as Religious Woman
Irma St. Paule
as Female Diner's Mothe...
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Critic Reviews for Choking Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

There's a low-key New York drama lurking somewhere, but Barron can't seem to decide if he's making that or something more flashy.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Overburdened with disorienting stylistic devices and contrived plot elements that reduce the psychological depth to which it aspires.

November 28, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

In this case, what looks like an ambitious film-school project, complete with heavy-handed sincerity, experimental camera style, and an overplayed central metaphor, becomes gently lyrical and melancholy.

Full Review… | November 26, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Barron's direction is low-key but efficient.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

The movie suffocates under the weight of too many wrong choices.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Choking Man mainly falters in its inability to reconcile the darker psychological elements of Jorge's mind and all that they portend.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Choking Man

The patiently-paced film is meant to draw us into the small community of people who work at a diner, and "touching moments" where these characters connect, are more the style than any kind of a "thriller" theme. In any case, overall it's a high quality film and well worth seeing if you get the chance, but you won't be missing much if you don't.

DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

By no means is this the worst film that I have ever seen; it is, however, on a long list of terrible films that I have seen. Every character in this film suffers from a, really bad & persistent, form of stupidity. To describe Jorge, the main character & clearly the worst character in the film, as morbidly shy is a morbidly understated description of the character. He obviously suffers from some sort of delusional paranoia, immensely afraid of everything, the shyness being the one aspect of his personality that is the most apparent.

For Jorge to be the main character in this film the writer(s) and/or director(s) of this film must have suffered from some form of brain-death.

I half expected the movie to introduce a subplot about a case worker that got Jorge the job at the diner, through some sort of a state-funded program that tries to make retards self-sufficient by getting them jobs. At the same time, I was hoping that his `roommate` would do him in; sort of a suicide by proxy...

The only thing worth a damn in the entire film is the character Amy. While every character in the film suffers, at the very least, from some form of stupidity, she's the only really likable character.

I borrowed it from my local library and I did so bc I had heard a couple of good things about one of the production companies that worked on the film; Ghost Robot has only done one other movie that I have seen and it, Cropsey, was, truly, an excellent film. I was hoping that the intelligence that went into that film would have been instilled into this one as well.

The dvd extra's may actually end up being the best thing about this film. Overall, a waste of my time.

Amazing movie. Makes you feel the crazy claustrophobic life of the main character without it being hard to watch.

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