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Smashed

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

When do you know that your drinking is out of control? When you projectile vomit in front of a class of six-year-olds? When you end a night smoking crack with some homeless guys? That probably gives the wrong impression of this low-key, truthful American indie about a hard-drinking couple whose marriage falls apart when one of them gets sober.

Married straight out of college, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul), live in LA. She’s a primary school teacher, he’s a music journalist. And like pretty much every other couple in their twenties, they drink. A lot. But when embarrassing-drunk gets scary-drunk – the vomiting and crack – Kate decides to get sober. Charlie reckons they should cut down, become wine-with-dinner people. But she joins AA (‘Assholes Anonymous’ he calls it) and their problems start. Road-to-recovery movies are usually paved with clichés. Not this one. ‘Smashed’ has the texture of life. Everyone knows couples like Kate and Charlie. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead – wow. She gives a career-making performance.

Written by Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 14 December 2012
  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:James Ponsoldt
  • Cast:
    • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
    • Octavia Spencer
    • Nick Offerman
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