Smashed

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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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Film Credits
Director
James Ponsoldt
Cast
Mary Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Kyle Gallner, Mackenzie Davis, Bree Turner, Mary Place, Octavia Spencer, Patti Allison, Richmond Arquette, Carol Avery, Susan Burke, Brad Carter