Chooch (2004)




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A guy eager to leave some bad luck behind unexpectedly walks into a series of disasters in this comedy. Dino Condito (Carmine Famiglietti) has been persona non grata in his neighborhood in Queens ever since he flubbed a crucial play that cost his softball team the league championship against Hoboken. Months later, Dino is still the butt of jokes and he's losing all confidence in himself, so his cousin, Jubilene (Joseph Summa), decides to help him out. Cashing in his savings, Jubilene surprises Dino with a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, that he's convinced will lift his spirits. Unfortunately, a luggage mix-up at an airport in Mexico makes Dino and Jubilene the target of a handful of local gangsters and corrupt soldiers. Soon, the guys are being chased from one end of the country to the other and end up in all kinds of trouble before word gets back to their "crew" in Queens that their buddies need to be rescued.
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Paola Walker
as Ladonna
Pete Medina
as Sergeant Major
John Sialiano
as Narrator
Carmine Famiglietti
as Dino Condito
Tami Powers
as Hook Girl
Kiwi Limone
as Kiwi Condito
Stefan Lysenko
as Billy Del Nino
Gino Cafarelli
as Nicol Rubino
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Critic Reviews for Chooch

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Chooch is really just an outline for a movie.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The sort of vanity project that gives amateurs a bad name.

August 27, 2004
New York Post
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It's an earnest affair that looks like a neighborhood project on film (16-mm, in fact, blown up to 35) for someone's anniversary or birthday party.

August 26, 2004
New York Daily News
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Devoid of Sopranos stereotypes, the film charms with its p.c. portrayal of Italian Americans, yet the depiction of Mexicans veers toward the offensive.

Full Review… | August 24, 2004
Village Voice
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An absolute chore to sit through, unless you happen to come from the same block as the filmmakers, in which case you might produce a few charitable chuckles, just to be nice.

Full Review… | September 4, 2005

[A] contrived but pleasant enough comedy.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Chooch


The film is too personalized to really be effective, a lot of the film would be alien to someone who didn't know these people or their neighborhood. On the plus side, it is a short eighty minutes, and the acting isn't bad at all.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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