2012 | 81 minutes | Rated R
Smashed introduces a schoolteacher who's bottoming out hard: Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a heavy drinker in her mid-20s, for whom "fun drunk" is fast dissolving into sad, destructive, smoking-crack-under-a-bridge drunk. Winstead's smart performance utterly grounds the film, but where Smashed really succeeds is in offering a nuanced, human portrait of an alcoholic: Kate is a good person who does bad things when she's drunk. It's refreshing to see a movie that permits this kind of complexity, and it's impossible not to root for Kate as she finds the courage to take responsibility for her disease.
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