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Smashed (2012)

R | | Drama | 14 December 2012 (UK)
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A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Director:

James Ponsoldt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Kate Hannah
Aaron Paul ... Charlie Hannah
Nick Offerman ... Dave Davies
Megan Mullally ... Principal Barnes
Octavia Spencer ... Jenny
Mary Kay Place ... Rochelle
Kyle Gallner ... Owen Hannah
Mackenzie Davis ... Millie
Bree Turner ... Freda
Brad Carter ... Felix
Barrett Shuler ... Greg
Rene Rivera ... Rico
Richmond Arquette ... Arlo
David Grammer ... Junior
Ron Lynch ... Chuck
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Storyline

Kate and Charlie Hannah have a relationship well lubricated with alcohol, but Kate finally finds her chemical appetites have gotten completely out of control. With the help of an ex-addict friend at work, Kate finds a support group that helps her begin to conquer her addictions. However, that recovery proves just part of a larger personal challenge to rebuild her life even as her marriage with her drunken husband deteriorates. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for alcohol abuse, language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lioma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,943, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,981, 6 January 2013
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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To simulate urinating, Mary Elizabeth Winstead wore a bag of liquid on her thigh under her dress and pressed it with her elbow while squatting. See more »

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Camera shadows are sporadically visible on the characters in close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Kate Hannah: Why is the coffee so much better when you make it?
Charlie Hannah: Because I make it with love, and I also make it with bacon.
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References Bull Durham (1988) See more »

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When The Shelter Came
Written by James McHugh
Performed by Dark Meat
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Days Of Wine & Roses For A New Millennium
28 October 2012 | by georgep53See all my reviews

The title SMASHED may make you think this is some lurid story about alcoholism but it's not. It's a very straightforward, sensitive treatment on the subject of addiction as seen through the eyes of an elementary schoolteacher, Hannah, beautifully played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in one of the best performances this year. Winstead is wonderfully authentic as a young woman whose excessive drinking begins to interfere with her job. She's someone we don't expect to find battling this kind of problem which makes the film all the more poignant. Her marriage to a rather shiftless man who spends his time drinking and cavorting with friends doesn't help. As we learn more about her past we begin to understand how she ended up in this relationship. The good supporting cast includes Aaron Paul as her husband, Charlie, who's even more oblivious than Hannah; Oscar winner Octavia Spencer adds some humor to the otherwise grim gospel of withdrawal and recovery; Megan Mullally is the principal of Hannah's school; Nick Offerman is a colleague who takes an interest in Hannah's troubles and Mary Kay Place is her mother who insists she can still mix a great Bloody Mary. The screenplay by director James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke is determined to avoid the melodramatic pitfalls and clichés of similar stories and purposely takes a lighthearted, sometimes comedic approach. SMASHED is an honest, contemporary look at the bad choices we make and impact they have on our lives.


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