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on 8 April 2016
"Smashed" is a very good contemporary drama - dealing with important and complex issues, including family break-up and heartache. This is a story about a young married couple who are experiencing problems. The acting is excellent, from both Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul.

The focus is on Winstead's character, as she attempts to become sober - and, in so doing, she realises that her marriage is part of the problem. We witness the severe difficulties caused by alcoholism, and the effects it can have on daily life. But the movie also deals with the more touching and sentimental aspects of love in this couple's relationship.

Note: I purchased the import Blu-ray. It's an excellent quality image - but it only has region 1 playback.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 15 August 2013
Kate and Charlie are happily married; well they laugh a lot but that might be due to their excessive alcohol intake. She is a school teacher of young kids and he is a journalist who writes from home. She sometimes needs a `hair of the dog' to get going in the morning, and as any of us who have been there will know' that can cause a bit or a reflux now and then. Well she manages to chunder in the class room and miss the bin - oops.

After managing to lie her way out of the whole episode, the vice principal lets on that he knows she is an alcoholic as indeed is he and invites her to do a twelve step programme. Well after a night where her antics take her to a very dangerous place albeit in a very funny way, she realises that she has to do something. The problem is that once she sobers up she takes a look at her life with Charlie and finds it wanting. Having personally lived around people `who like a drink', when I heard the phrase `I'm sorry I was drunk' being used as a catch all excuse, it really stopped me in my tracks, I think even I have used that on occasion and it is painful to realise how worthless that excuse is.

This is billed as a comedy/drama, and yes it is funny, but it is tragic-comedy and a lot of it is laughing at how pathetic a drunk is and how desperate they can become. Kate is played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (`Scott Pilgrim vs. the World') and she is completely brilliant and manages to do the drunk bits as both funny and sad. Her husband Charlie is Aaron Paul best known for the TV series `Breaking Bad' as Jesse Pinkman, he is also convincing and compelling in how he tries to change and the interplay between them is excellent. Megan Mullally (Karen from `Will and Grace') plays the Principal and does so straight faced which is just great as a supporting role. The whole thing is well made, brilliantly acted and tackles alcoholism in an honest way and the humour is incidental not the raison d'être, which is just how it is in real life. I know a few alcoholics and the humour gets them through - up to a point, I intend to lend this to a couple of them as it captures real life so well. Highly recommended indeed.
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on 13 August 2014
I watched it as soon as I received it and I thought it was a good film with a good story.
The drinking and what is does to you makes you realize just how bad it can get and the lies and things a person does when they are an alcoholic.
I thought that when the wife decides to get help and the realization of how bad she was when she was drinking is good and now she sees her husband and his friends drinking is eye opening.
I would recommend it although the ending is strange.
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on 13 January 2014
Serious subject, but a good way of telling the difficulties these people have - enjoyable

The begining of movie was a bit confusing but, I stuck it out and then realised slowly what was happening with the main characters in the movie. Even at the end when you think you know what is going to happen, it didnt. Suspect, its based on true accounts of people.

But if you ever wonder what effect drink has/could have then watch this movie. Hell, if you think you may/may not be affected indirectly by someone elses drinking problem or your effect on them (is that too heart-string pulling) then watch this movie and decide what you want to do with the rest of your life.

Ian
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on 18 December 2013
I think this is a good film that deals with subject of addiction and how it can creep up on us unawares and threaten to destroy lives if not dealt with in time .moving performances
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on 17 June 2015
The havoc alcohol can have on peoples lives. I was unable to watch all of this film it was too depressing
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on 6 September 2015
Really good story with an important message on what alcohol can do to your life. Enjoyed it.
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on 22 January 2015
very true to life. not glossed over. very raw account and moving to watch
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on 4 April 2016
Lovely story of how you can transform your life 😊
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on 14 March 2014
This film is excellent. It tells the story of a couple who appear completely in love. However like many couples who have addiction problems, they are toxic for each other. It will give you an insight into what addiction is like for people and will leave you a little heart broken.
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