Rated R · 81 minutes · 2012

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul are phenomenal as two people who really love each other, and really love their booze. When Winstead’s teacher starts throwing up in front of her young students and smoking crack on a whim, she starts to get the idea that maybe she should slow down. Husband Paul is supportive, but he’s not about to quit boozing with his friends. The consequences of drinking to excess are portrayed in a way that seems realistic, and even a little funny. The film seems to make the case that some of the results of getting plowed on the weekends are as funny as they are stupid. Winstead is powerful and raw as a woman who knows it’s time to stop partying, even if the spouse won’t join her. Paul shows that his great acting isn’t reserved for Breaking Bad. The way things stand right now, both leads deserve berths in this year’s Oscar race.
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/smashed
Director: James Ponsoldt
Producer: Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling, Jennifer Cochis, Audrey Wilf and Zygi Wilf
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 and Brad Carter




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Portland Mercury Rock Bottom Mary Elizabeth Winstead bottoms out in Smashed. by Alison Hallett 11/07/2012
Indy Week Surviving sobriety in Smashed A less naïve viewer (than myself) might readily see Smashed for what it is: a vehicle for an ambitious young talent to escape the straitjacket of typecasting. This is Mary Elizabeth Winstead's movie, and she's a charmer. by David Fellerath 12/05/2012

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