Smashed ★★★★

Terrific performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a skilled first grade teacher whose drinking (and occasional drug use) has put her career and life in jeopardy. She really sells the emotional roller coaster and earns the picture an extra star, at least.

I find it refreshing to see an addict who wants to be helped to sobriety. So many films of this sort -- even very good ones like Clean and Sober -- spend half or more of the movie showing the lead character fighting against the concept of getting clean. Not so much here. We get to see some of the fun times of drinking as well as the bad experiences, but it doesn't take long before she's entered AA and started to work on her life.

And it's nice to see how hard it is for her to get clean. Her husband -- an excellent Aaron Paul -- doesn't understand. Nor does her mother. Plus she ends up facing consequences at her job. It's not pleasant to watch her struggle, but it's realistic.

I definitely want to see more of this Winstead chick.

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