James Ponsoldt’s Smashed saw its world debut at Sundance at the start of the year, and leading lady Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s performance has been Oscar-buzzed ever since.
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the festival, and just last month, Winstead’s performance was recognised once more when the Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced, nominating her for Best Actress.
It opened in a limited release in the US back in October, and has been continuing its expansion over the weeks since then, and will now be released in the UK this Friday. Sony have released the UK variant of the trailer, and though it is essentially identical to the first trailer we saw in September, it’s nice to know for 100% certain that it has secured the UK release it deserves.
“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.”
Winstead stars opposite Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the lead, with both giving fine performances, joined by an excellent supporting cast, headed up by Octavia Spencer (The Help), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), and Mary Kay Place (Big Love).
Ponsoldt is directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Susan Burke, with Jonathan Schwartz (Wristcutters: A Love Story, Like Crazy), Andrea Sperling (Like Crazy, Nobody Walks), and Jennifer Cochis (Douchebag) producing.
Smashed is currently playing in select theatres across the US – you can click here to find your nearest theatre – and will continue its expansion in the weeks to come. It will be arriving on our shores in the UK this Friday, 14th December, and is definitely a film I’d recommend seeking out. For now, here’s the UK trailer to give you a taste of what to expect.