The first trailer has been released for the indie film Smashed, which was one of the better films I saw at Sundance this year. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and the story deals with the issue of alcoholism. It's a very intense movie that ends up taking the audience on a journey of witnessing Wnstead's crawl out of the dark abyss of the demon in the bottle after hitting rock bottom. Winstead gave an incredible performance, and I'll be shocked if she's doesn't end up getting nominated for an Oscar. Here's what I had this to say about the movie in my review:
This was a wonderfully inspiring film that touches on some of life's major issues that some of us may have faced in one way or another throughout our lives, so it's something I think the audience can relate to. This is a heavy film to watch, but even though the subject matter seems gloomy, there's a light at the end of the tunnel scattered with some spots of good humor, and one very creepy moment. I loved that this movie left us with an uplifting sense of hope.
Here's the Synopsis:
Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.
Many films indulge the dramatic highs and lows of addiction. Refreshingly, Smashed is interested in the unglamorous middle path—what stumbling through recovery looks like. As Kate tests new boundaries and shoulders the consequences of her choices, this subtle story of imperfect transformation taps into truths about the challenges and losses intrinsic to living life honestly. Genuine performances and a grounded sense of place create an authentic, textured world where three-dimensional characters—neither all bad nor all good—occupy the uncomfortable grey zone of being human.
The movie is set for a limited release on October 5th, and I think it's worth checking out. Watch the trailer, and let us know if you think you'll be seeing it.