Smashed

  • 15
  • James Ponsoldt (2012)
  • US
  • 77 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A low-budget American indie movie about alcoholism would seem to promise a world of misery but, though slight, this well-played drama takes the opposite spin: that it's harder to commit to sobriety than kick dependency. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) is cast perfectly against type as the dowdy though still pretty Kate, a kindergarten teacher with a drink problem that in a single night can escalate from booze to crack cocaine. The result of this binge is hangover-inspired vomiting at school, which she passes off as pregnancy-related. Finally forced to face up to her addiction, Kate starts to see her life through different eyes, and while there really isn't much in the way of resolution, this thoughtful film does offer an alternative to the usual issue-led movie, thanks to a soulful performance from the underrated Winstead. A carousel of great character actors add a good deal of much-needed depth, too, notably Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as Kate's hard-partying husband, Charlie.

Plot Summary

Teacher Kate and her husband Charlie are both alcoholics, but manage to keep it a secret. A series of bad experiences makes Kate realise her drinking is getting out of control, and she resolves to give it up. However, Charlie refuses to admit he has a problem, placing a strain on their relationship. Drama, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kate Hannah
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Charlie Hannah
Aaron Paul
Dave Davies
Nick Offerman
Principal Barnes
Megan Mullally
Jenny
Octavia Spencer
Rochelle
Mary Kay Place
Owen Hannah
Kyle Gallner
Millie
Mackenzie Davis
Freda
Bree Turner

Crew

Director
James Ponsoldt

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Sony
Available on DVD
Released 14 Dec 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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