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James Ponsoldt (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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
Director James Ponsoldt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: swearing, sex scenes, drug abuseAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 14 Dec 2012