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Smashed (2012)

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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
10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Genres:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Kate drinks from a hip flask in her car, a woman with a large purse walks by in the background. She walks by again after Kate gets out of her car. See more »

Quotes

Kate Hannah: Is that pot?
Freda: Of course not, do I look like a hippie? It's crack.
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Connections

Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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When The Shelter Came
Written by James McHugh
Performed by Dark Meat
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'Smashed' gets it right
11 August 2013 | by dlrturtleSee all my reviews

I am a recovering alcoholic, 23 years sober. Over the years, I've developed somewhat of an obsession with films on this subject, always looking for my own story. 'Smashed' is that film. Mary Elizabeth Winstead captures the essence of the functional alcoholic perfectly. Her character, Kate, is two people - the respected, enthusiastic teacher by day and the out of control drunk by night. This can work for a while, but there will always come a day when these two worlds literally collide.

This movie hits that mark perfectly. Kate's recognition that she is an alcoholic is tough to watch, but so realistic. I knew I had a problem, but denied it until that one morning I woke up in my car and had flashes of memories from a crazy, chaotic night before. Like Kate, I went to AA that same day, and while I hated it at first, those people saved my life.

This movie is about redemption and loss. Getting sober isn't easy. Life continues and we are left to deal with the wreckage of our past. Those problems we ignored, suddenly explode in our faces. But we deal with them. 'Smashed' should be required viewing at rehab because it's real.


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