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At long last we have a trailer for Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s coveted Smashed. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where it got an overwhelmingly warm reception. This year at Sundance was quite toned down with very few breakout films, which makes it all the more surprising that this well-recieved film has not gotten more attention. However, given the subject matter of alcoholism it is not quite summer friendly but with more diverse films returning to your local cineplexes, Sony Picture Classics will definitely be pushing this film for filmgoers.
Smashed follows the struggle of an alcoholic married couple whose world gets turned upside down when the wife makes a serious attempt to get sober. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul star as the married couple that must overcome the one aspect of their relationship that brings them closer together all while it tears them apart. Winstead has proven that she can tackle any genre with ease as she has starred in everything from Death Proof to Bobby to Live Free of Die Hard, and we have seen Paul dabble with illegal substance in Breaking Bad so alcoholism should be no issue for him. These two are joined by an array of supporting characters including Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman, Mary Kay Place, Megan Mullally, and Octavia Spencer in her first post-Oscar role. The film only marks director, James Ponsoldt, second feature length film, but he sure has a noteworthy cast to dabble with.
Early Oscar predictions called out very few actresses in contention for this year’s “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role”, yet many listed Winstead as a definite possibility. The poll for lead performances appears very thin for actresses this year with only Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina) seeming to be the only prominent competition. In order to sneak into the exclusive Oscar nominees you typically need a juicy role to sink your teeth into and it seems Winstead has just that type of role in Smashed.
Based on the trailer there seems to be plenty of drunken antics mixed with tear-jerking drama and charming humor. Delving into the world of alcoholism is risky business, but based on early reviews the film has gotten the realism of recovery down. Hopefully this will be the film that finally catapults Winstead into the fame that she justly deserves. Smashed is set for a limited October 12th and should be released nationwide later this fall.
Happy moviegoing! Check out the trailer below: