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Smashed

Thurs., Dec. 27th, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 28th, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 30th, 3 p.m.

Directed by James Ponsoldt • Written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke • USA • 85 min. • 2011 • Rated R for alcohol abuse, language, some sexual content and brief drug use.

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Spouses Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul) have many things in common, including a love for alcohol. That is, as the title says, getting utterly smashed. However, Kate’s partying spirals—as is its wont—into hardcore asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher. Shge decides to clean up her act, which is no walk in the park. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with her husband. Can their marriage survive sobriety?

Smashed at the Internet Movie Database

“The act of going out there as an unknown and coming back a star is the time-honored showbiz fantasy, and if there’s any justice that’s about to come true for Mary Elizabeth Winstead on the basis of Smashed.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle (full review)

“While Smashed documents both the crazy highs and the terrifying lows of addiction, the story is primarily about commitment.” —Claudia Puig, USA Today (full review)

“Addiction dramas are as common as reality shows and often just as rank. Smashed joins the ranks of the winners, mostly because of an unmissable and unforgettable performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (full review)

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