- 1 hr 25 min
Smashed is a 2012 drama film, directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Ponsoldt and Susan Burke. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Nick Offerman. The movie centers around a young couple, Kate and Charlie Hannah (Winstead and Paul), who are both heavy drinkers. They lead a carefree life, centered around alcohol and partying. However, things take a turn when Kate realizes that her drinking is becoming a problem. She decides to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and gets a sponsor, Jenny (Octavia Spencer), who helps her stay sober. As Kate tries to stay on track, she is faced with the challenge of her partner, Charlie, who is still heavily addicted to alcohol. Kate tries to help Charlie understand the danger of his addiction and encourage him to get sober like she has. However, Charlie is resistant to change, and their relationship begins to suffer as a result. The film explores the personal struggles of addiction and the impact it can have on one's relationships, careers and lives. Kate's journey of self-discovery and recovery is at the center of the story, as she tries to overcome her addiction and build a better life for herself. The film also touches on the impact of addiction on loved ones, as Kate's relationships with her colleagues and family members become strained as a result of her drinking habits. This aspect of the film is particularly heart-wrenching, as Kate tries to reconcile with those she has hurt and finds forgiveness and redemption in the process. Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers an outstanding performance as Kate, portraying the character's vulnerability and strength with remarkable sincerity. Aaron Paul is equally compelling as Charlie, bringing a depth to his character that is both sympathetic and difficult to watch at times. Nick Offerman's performance as the compassionate and encouraging sponsor is also noteworthy, providing a glimmer of hope amidst the chaos of addiction. Overall, Smashed is a poignant and honest portrayal of addiction and recovery. With strong performances and a compelling storyline, it is a must-watch for anyone who has been touched by addiction or knows someone who has struggled with it.