Smashed (2012)


James Ponsoldt directs Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer in this drama about an alcoholic primary school teacher who attempts to go sober while her partner continues drinking. 

Visually this is Bukowski meets Etsy – all dive bars and floral dresses, vomit flecked chins and master shots dappled in overcranked sunlight. It is wryly amusing and hits believable depths. Winstead is beautiful as ever, even when waking up jonseing on a flytipped sofa. You can see her enjoy being challenged by a role that stretches her after a decade of genre work. Here the monster she has to survive is her addiction and she sails that ship to safety without ever being mawkish.


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