Director Silvio Narizzano’s first US film in 13 years is an engaging feature that confronts its young hero with an unwanted tag of a physical handicap.
Paul Carafotes appears to be an average high schooler whose world consists of football and music. His family attempts to nurture the latter aspect. However, Carafotes is partially deaf and a school medical examiner rules this precludes him from the football team.
Carafotes resents his sudden freak status and his seeming lack of choices. His helplessness manifests itself in his behavior as he adopts an ‘I don’t care’ attitude and falls in with a tough gang.
Choices has all its sympathies in the right place and one can’t help but warm to its message even if its manipulation often lacks subtlety. At times its moralistic views and approach give the picture the feel of a propaganda piece commissioned by a handicapped rights organization.
Writer-co-producer Rami Alon provides a functional script in his maiden screen effort which has a dash too much preachiness.