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Smashed is a drama that was written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke. Directed by James Ponsoldt, the film features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. The story follows Kate (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a third grade teacher. She seems to be doing well, until one day she becomes ill and vomits in class. The children are shocked but believe she may be pregnant, which she lets them think.

The truth is that she is having a bout with alcohol poisoning. This leads to even more issues on her job at school. Assistant principal, Dave Davies (played by Nick Offerman) meets with her to discuss the problem. Since he is himself a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and spied her drinking in the car, he knows what is up.

Her husband, Charlie (played by Aaron Paul) is a drinking buddy. For a while, it appears that the state that they are in is of no consequence to them. Ultimately, they wake up and Kate tries AA. Her boss takes her to meetings where she gets a sponsor right way. Jenny (played by Octavia Spencer) is ready to help.

Charlie continues to drink and while he misses his wife, is not angry. Instead, he is a little perplexed because he wants to continue their regular party. While she is not doing well, she is not a victim. She demonstrates the courage it will take to resist her urges.

However, she passes out in her car in the open one night. She accepts that this is how it will be until the addiction is whipped.

It doesn’t help, however, that her mother (played by Mary Kay Place) does not realize that she herself is an alcoholic. Her sponsor provides a sturdy pillar who cannot be fooled because he has been there, done that himself.

She finally realizes that as a functioning alcoholic, she must completely sober up because being dry is just not the same.

| 2012 | 1 hr 25 min | 6.8/10 | 71/100
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
Super Crispy Entertainment
James Ponsoldt
Produced By
Jennifer Cochis, Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling

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