Smashed, the affecting story of a young couple bound by shared drunkenness, follows in the long cinema-of-addiction tradition of Days of Wine and Roses. But what’s new about the unsensationalized portrait of one-day-at-a-time progress (and setbacks) is the low-key energy of this drunks’ tale, by and for a generation with a high tolerance for humor and a low tolerance for soapiness. It’s also a project shaped by television sensibilities, with a strong cast headed by Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and former horror-movie scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as the partner who wants to dry out. A-
PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Smashed is an unsensationalized portrait of recovery (Oana Marian)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Director: James Ponsoldt; Runtime (in minutes): 85; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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