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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.

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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.

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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 Mother
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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.

November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

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

November 28, 2007

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.

November 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Barron's direction is low-key but efficient.

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

November 9, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

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