by Sandy Wilson
Clark Gregg’s directorial debut, an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s (Fight Club) fourth novel Choke, shines a comedic light into the darkest depths of the human psyche through the travails of Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) — a sex addict, grifter, and “historical interpreter” at a colonial New England theme park — as he embarks on a journey to find his true identity and perhaps the source of his addiction. At the hub of his turbulent lifestyle is his mother (Anjelica Huston), hospitalized and suffering from dementia, who forces him to recall the dark and painful details of his suppressed childhood memories. Gregg’s ability to so aptly summon the demons and deliver on Palahniuk’s uniquely juicy brand of humor on his first outing is nothing short of amazing. NOT TO BE MISSED.