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Smashed [Blu-ray] (2012)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead , Aaron Paul , James Ponsoldt  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul
  • Directors: James Ponsoldt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, German
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A2H9QYC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Smashed [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul, TV’s “Breaking Bad” ) are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking...especially the drinking. When Kate’s drinking leads her to dangerous places and her job as a school teacher is put into jeopardy, she decides to join AA and get sober. With the help of her new friend and sponsor Jenny (Octavia Spencer, The Help), and the vice principal at her school, the awkward, but well intentioned, Mr. Davies, Kate takes steps toward improving her health and life. Sobriety isn's told her employer (Megan Mullaly TV’s “Parks and Recreation” ) and calls into question whether or not her relationship with Charlie is built on love or just a boozy diversion from adulthood.

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative title: "Sober" November 16, 2012
"Smashed" (2012 release; 85 min.) brings the story of a married couple, Charlie (played by Aaron Paul) and Kate (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who enjoy going out and partying it up. Then several incidents happen to Kate (blacking out in the middle of nowhere; throwing up in front of her elementary school students due to a hangover), which really make her rethink the direction of her life. Without so much as consulting with Charlie, she decides almost on a whim to join AA (at the suggestion of a co-worker who has been there before), while Charlie does not. At that point we are just 30 min. into the movie (hence my suggested alternative title for the movie, "Sober") and the rest of the movie plays out the strains and challenges which Kate faces with her co-workers at school, Charlie at home, and even her mom to whom she's not particularly close. I'm not going to tell you how it all plays out, as that would just ruin your viewing experience.

Couple of thoughts: Mary Elizabeth Winstead carries the film on her shoulders, and she does a terrific job at that, although certainly Aaron Paul (he of "Breaking Bad") does a credible job too. There are a couple of pivotal scenes in the second half of the movie between these two as their relationship seems to fall off a cliff after Kate joins AA, and where you can really see how Winstead just throws herself into this role. There is also a small choice role for Octavia Spencer as Jenny, Kate's sponsor at AA. Also worth mentioning is the lovely soundtrack for the movie, with a bunch of obvious and not-so-obvious indie music from the likes of Cass McCombs, Richard & Linda Thompson and, best of all, the song "Our Anniversary" by Bill Callahan (a/k/a Smog).

This movie clearly was made on a shoestring budget, but it doesn't matter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and True December 8, 2012
"Smashed" is an incredibly insightful movie about a young woman's courageous journey to personally change the legacy passed down to her by her family. Mary Beth Winstead is brilliant in her portrayal of Kate. There is no sugar coating on what lies ahead of her as she struggles with these changes. The affect on relationships, lifestyles, and convictions is raw and true. It will likely be moving and familiar to anyone trying to make personnel changes for the better, whether with substance abuse or any other major life change. This is an important piece of work with the potential for far reaching application and impact. Don't miss it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie! March 18, 2013
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I really loved this movie! I think it was a true depiction of the downward spiral of alcohol and getting sober!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real and fun to watch June 19, 2013
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This is a fine story about alcoholism.
Good acting.
No gratuitous sex, violence, foul language, or glorified using.
However, just one instance which I found entertaining BUT would very likely rub someone's mother the wrong way.
Very humourous and, of course, sad in its turn.
This could easily become a treatment staple and popular among AA folk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's not easy to lead an honest life." March 15, 2013
"I don't know if I'm an alcoholic, really," Kate Hannah says at her first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, "I just drink. I drink a lot. And I've always drank a lot, everyone I know drinks a lot, so I never really thought it was a problem. But lately it kinda seems like it is." This is the crux of James Ponsoldt's acute, concise, heartfelt film, co-written with Susan Burke, herself a recovering alcoholic. Smashed understands that alcoholism isn't always the sad, somber burden that the movies tend to portray it as; oftentimes it's actually a lot of fun, and it's only when the physical and psychological toll of a night's bacchanalian revelry becomes too great to shoulder in the morning -- when the drink and its repercussions can no longer be measured independent of one another -- that the alcoholic is compelled to admit his or her problem.

Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is an elementary school teacher, dedicated and passionate about her job, who nonetheless spends more than just Friday night carousing about the local bars with her husband Charlie (Aaron Paul) and their friends. She is what you might call a functioning alcoholic; she gets to work on time every day, but not without finishing last night's beer in the shower and taking a swig of whiskey from the flask she keeps in her car before heading in to the classroom. Kate is able to get by like this just fine, until one day the hair of the dog proves a little too much and she suddenly, uncontrollably vomits in the middle of class. Embarrassed and stunned, Kate impulsively says "Yes" when her young students ask if she's pregnant, relieved that she doesn't have to explain what a hangover is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Films dealing with alcoholics are rarely anything less than depressing, with the rare instance of a film like the original ARTHUR (which is a hilarious and heartfelt joy to watch). Going back to THE LOST WEEKEND or DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES to more recent films like Paul Schrader's LIGHT SLEEPER, or really any film dealing with addiction made in the last 20-odd years, alcoholism and addiction are not really to be made light of anymore. It's understandable, and there are always good reasons for film and television dealing with alcoholism and addiction with the appropriate amount of gravitas. James Ponsolt's SMASHED makes a something of a case that a film about alcoholism can have dramatic weight, but can also look at it with a bit of humor in its heart, and that's thanks to a revelatory performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and a terrific, if perhaps underused, supporting cast.

Winstead plays Kate, a grammar school teacher who, along with her occasionally-employed rock critic husband Charlie (BREAKING BAD's Aaron Paul), have an abiding love of good times and lots of drinks. When Kate finds herself hitting bottom relatively hard (she pukes in front of her class due to her hangover, and lies about being pregnant to them and to the school's principal played by Megan Mullaly), she decides that it's time to get sober. Through the help of the school's vice-principal (Nick Offerman) who recognizes her as a drunk, he gets her into AA. But Charlie isn't terribly supportive of this, and continues to drink. Kate's mom (Mary Kay Place), a long-time functioning alcoholic, also feels that trying to get sober is a fool's errand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars See what alcoholism looks like in a young couple
Shmashed was a realistic look at alcoholism and the damage it does to a young couple's life. As is so typical, when one partner decides to get sober, the other doesn't & this... Read more
Published 27 days ago by patricia king
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Portrayal of Alcoholism
This is a moving, realistic portrayal of a woman's struggle with alcoholism. Her relationship with her husband plays a major role in her recovery.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Buchser
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances in an above-average genre film
This could have very easily slipped into "Lifetime Newtork made-for-TV-movie" territory based on the subject matter alone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John S. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much right on
Too often, books and movies on alcoholism and addiction seem to miss the essence of that quiet but torturous despair experienced by the addict. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Henry Arthur
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashed
Two drunks "enjoying" life as drunks, then one person (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) decides she needs to turn her life around and begins a program of recovery for alcoholism. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Price (
4.0 out of 5 stars Megan plays a realistic alcoholic
Good movie, an honest portrayal of what addiction is really like and also what recovery can be like and how hard recovery can be
Published 5 months ago by cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashed
I bought this movie to show to chemically dependent clients to assist in the identification of alcoholism, enabling, and the need to make lifestyle changes.
Published 5 months ago by mona hoyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Independent Film
I happen to be a fan of both Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead - they put on incredible performances in this true to heart film about addiction. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James, Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars A true and honest story
It was a true and honest story about the hard times that people go through when they are suffering from addiction to alcohol. Read more
Published 5 months ago by broV
3.0 out of 5 stars A smashing performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Supported by a fine cast, Mary Elizabeth Winstead "The Thing") provides a memorable performance as a young elementary school teacher with alcohol dependency. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Oleson
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