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Smashed

drama


When Kate decides to sober up, her new lifestyle reveals a troubling relationship with her mother, facing the lies she's told her employer and calls into question whether her marriage is built on love or just a boozy diversion from adulthood.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    84%
  • Audience Score
    67%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Intense alcoholism study shows difficulties of recovery.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smashed is a gritty drama about a woman who's an alcoholic and tries to stop drinking. (Her husband is also a heavy drinker, and he doesn't stop.) Though the main character's alcoholism is really only shown during the movie's first third, it's intense, and the horrifying side effects of her drinking start to outweigh whatever fun she's having. She also smokes crack in one scene. Language is the movie's other big issue, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." There's no physical violence but expect lots of shouting and arguing; there's no nudity, but viewers see a married couple kissing and initiating sex with one another. There's also a failed attempt at sex. Overall, this is a well-made cautionary tale with hope as well as harshness, and it could be a good way for teens to learn empathy for people facing addiction.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Smashed portrays alcoholism. Do you think it's realistic? What impact does seeing the consequences Kate faces have on you as a viewer?
  • At one point, Kate explains that she used to be fat, but that she lost weight when she started drinking. In what ways is this unhealthy? What does it have to do with Kate's body image?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    84%
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  • Audience

    67%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Mary Elizabeth Winstead deserved more award recognition for this.

- CreedsDelight, Monday, March 4, 2013

2 stars

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who definitely proves her talent here, can only carry 'Smashed' so far - about half way to be exact. After that point, the contrived and unintuitive plot hinders what starts out as a lively and honest look at alcoholism. For a recent film that tackles the same issue in a much more sophisticated way, watch 'Flight' instead.

- fb791220692, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

3 stars

Smashed by it description sounds like a romance film, but is actually a look on what alcohol consumption does to a person and their relationship. The plot is very thin even at a running time of 1 hour and 21 minutes which is only saved by brilliant acting. Smashed is about a married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol that gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. The film has no conclusive end, instead leaving up to the viewer to decide what happened. The ending does not work since what proceeded it tells us the character won't change their behavior. To be honest not much happens besides Mary Elizabeth Winstead attempting to remain sober and facing the problems she once ignored. It never explains why she started drinking in the first place, but it does explain why Winstead wants to become sober. At times seems to promote the Alcoholics Anonymous. No other option is mentioned in the entire film to help Winstead coped with her drinking problem. It does somewhat redeem itself by not glorifying AA. It doesn't say that going to AA meetings will immediately fix your problems. It's a slow process and one that takes time to make a lifestyle over a habit. Smashed in terms of storytelling is basic stuff done that could have benefited if it dared to branch out to other topics. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in previous roles has never been able to show her true potential as an actress until now. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a capable dramatic actress. She could act drunk convincingly, she evokes the right amount of energy in her more emotional scenes, and knows how to build her character. Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad is good here. Unlike the t.v. series Breaking Bad Aaron Paul character doesn't change much or has much of an importance to the story. His unimpressive performance is the fault of the material which limits Aaron Paul capabilities. The supporting cast is fine, but they never really standout as much. The supporting cast does help ease us to the end without annoying us. The cast of actors elevate the material enough to make something of it. Smashed basic plot has been done before, but the actors involve makes this one of the better films that explores the hardship of alcoholism and breaking a bad habit in your life. It's a good film, but the lack of ambition will hold some of checking it out.

- juliomendez19941, Wednesday, February 27, 2013