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Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Octavia Spencer

Running Time: 85 minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: The life and times of a young couple in Los Angeles dealing with alcoholism and rehabilitation…

The term ‘Sundance indie hit’ has been so often used it brings a shudder to hardened film critics and casual viewers alike. Does the term simply mean yet another low budget rambling human drama?

Films about alcohol addiction are never ‘pleasurable’ viewing. Think Leaving Las Vegas or When A Man Love A Woman. Marriage, relationship breakdowns, wallowing emotions, criminal activity, death, are staples of such films.

But tonally, Smashed is closer to 1962’s Days Of Wine And Roses. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a fun loving primary school teacher. She is the soul of the party when she’s drunk, not adverse to a bout of karaoke singing belting out ‘Cruel to be Kind’. Her husband, »

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