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Smashed (2012)




Drama, Comedy

Release Date

October 12, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating



85 min.

Production Budget

$1 millions


Sony Pictures Classics

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


James Ponsoldt


Jennifer Cochis, Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling


Susan Burke, James Ponsoldt



When we first meet functioning alcoholic Kate Hannah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), she's already close to rock bottom. She takes a shot of whiskey to brace herself for a day of teaching first grade. When she vomits at school, a student asks if she's pregnant. Desperate to disguise her hangover, she lies and says she is. It's a deception that could cost her her career, but also save her life.

James Ponsoldt's Smashed traces its heroine's downward spiral - from smoking crack in a drunken lapse of judgment to an outrageous episode in a convenience store - with insight, daring and profound empathy. While things may seem overwhelmingly bleak for Kate, relief is in sight. Dave (Nick Offerman), the vice-principal at Kate's school, sees through her act and confesses that he's also a recovering addict and wants to help. He has a crush on her as well, which complicates his motives. Dave convinces Kate to try a twelve-step program, where she meets Jenny (The Help's Octavia Spencer), who volunteers to be her sponsor. Kate begins to accept this new path as her sole option. There's only one problem: Kate's husband Charlie (Aaron Paul) still enjoys getting drunk. How can she do this without him?

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Kate Hannah and Aaron Paul stars as Charlie Hannah in Sony Pictures Classics' Smashed (2012)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Kate Hannah and Aaron Paul stars as Charlie Hannah in Sony Pictures Classics' Smashed (2012)

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“..an affecting and immersive addiction drama about the unforeseen pitfalls along the road to recovery..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..Ponsoldt, Paul and Winstead make a remarkably effective team for this film's points and purposes, and "Smashed" burns long after it goes down smoothly..”
by James Rocchi [The Playlist]
“..there's more speechifying than there needs to be in an otherwise low-key movie of relative brevity, but Smashed at its worst is still better than many other films of its kind at their best..”
by Michael Nordine [Village Voice]