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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
An idle mind is the devil's workshop. Money speaks the loudest.
Positive Role Models
Sarita is responsible and hardworking, but she has allowed old wounds to poison her attitude toward her husband.
Violence & Scariness
A shady character tries to pressure someone to commit crimes. He stalks a woman. Someone threatens to turn him over to the police. Another shoves him. A bank is robbed by armed criminals. Two friends shove each other over money.
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Infrequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is an Indian film with English subtitles that tries to show the effect of political and economic policy on the lives of an Indian couple struggling to make ends meet. A bank teller married to an unemployed musician finds a cache of money that complicates their relationship. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "damn," and "bastard." A shady character tries to pressure someone to commit crimes. He stalks a woman. A bank is robbed by armed criminals. The plot hangs on an understanding of "demonetization," which may be confusing to teens unfamiliar with the concept. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie feels long and confusing and filled with seeming irrelevancies to the main story. Although Saiyami Kher is convincing as the annoyed wife who can't trust her husband, we never understand why Sushant doesn't get a job or help around the house. The backstory of Sarita's inability to sing before a crowd has little relevance to the more important story about the found money. Half the time we have no idea what Sarita's plan is -- legal or illegal -- so we don't know if we should root for her. And the origins of the money are unexplained through much of the movie, leaving the audience confused and, with no information to go on, a bit bored.
Residents of the apartment building lock and unlock doors secretly and walk in and out of apartments, yet we rarely know where we are or why. We don't learn until the end of Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai that Sarita's parents are rich and Sushant's aren't. At that point in the action, how does that information even move the plot along? There are better foreign films for teens to enjoy out there.
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