Hollywood smiles once again on local author Chuck Palahniuk. In the wake of David Fincher's bombastic Fight Club
adaptation, writer-director Clark Gregg seems to have delivered a low-key, faithful treatment of the author's 2001 novel Choke
. Accusations of indie quirk or cheap sex gags should perhaps be directed to the original work, the Freudian saga of a nymphomaniac who works as a "historical interpreter" while moonlighting as a restaurant grifter. For my money, the story can only be improved by the casting of reigning con artists Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, not to mention Kelly Macdonald, that adorable scold from the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men
is rated R and opens Sept. 26.