VOD Recommendation: A Nuanced Indie Dramedy Brimming with Courage Coming Soon on Demand
03.11.13 by BJSprecher
"I'm not actually pregnant. I'm just really hungover..."
Follow along with a young woman as she comes to terms with the fact that her addiction to alcohol may cost her everything she loves.
The Flick: Smashed
The Skinny: Indie filmmaker James Ponsoldt (Off the Black) co-wrote (with Susan Burke) and directed Smashed. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing award. Ponsoldt's follow-up to Smashed, The Spectacular Now, premiered at this year's Sundance festival, garnering a Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting for up-and-comer Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).
The Players: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing, A Good Day to Die Hard) stars as Kate, a young school teacher very much in love with her husband Charlie (Aaron Paul), but even more so with drinking alcohol. Kate joins AA and resolves to go sober after her drinking causes her to act in dangerous and irresponsible ways, but she quickly discovers how difficult it is to make the change and leave her past behind. Octavia Spencer and Mary Kay Place also star.