Oana Marian
Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 05, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Smashed

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Koren Zailckas
publisher
Viking
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

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-

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