Hollywood has a love affair with portraying alcoholics on the silver screen. As long as filmmakers don’t tread too far into pretentious (CRAZY EYES) or cloying (WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN) territory, it’s awards bait. And we think Mary Elizabeth Winstead should get her awards speeches ready when the Sundance hit SMASHED debuts.
Here’s the synopsis:
Kate (Winstead) and Charlie (BREAKING BAD’s Aaron Paul) like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.
In SMASHED, Winstead gives one heck of a knock-out performance as do her co-stars Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Mary Kay Place. It’s something you shouldn’t miss. Having recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, SMASHED opens on October 12. Thanks Yahoo Movies!