Friday, September 13, 2013

Smashed (2012)

Director: James Ponsoldt. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Octavia Spencer. 81 min. Rated R. Drama.

Movies about alcoholism may boast award-worthy stars playing alcoholics (Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Denzel Washington), but these characters live such dark and distant lives, it's difficult for non-alcoholics to sympathize. Here, we have a surprising turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead (John McLane's daughter in Die Hard) who creates such an honest, believable portrayal of an alcoholic, it's difficult not to sympathize. Smashed helps one understand why to fight alcohol, a support system is critical - because the first day an alcoholic becomes sober, is when her family, workplace and entire environment makes sure that's the day she steps into hell.

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