8. “Smashed” (2012) – Alcoholism tortures the soul by compelling one to share their existence with a drug, and Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul) both perfectly fit the profile. They struggle with alcohol, but director James Ponsoldt keeps much of the focus on Kate, as her addiction greatly impacts her job.
She’s an elementary school teacher.
Kate eventually hits rock bottom and decides to get sober, but her uphill climb becomes considerably steeper, because Charlie does not share her goals. Their marriage has drifted apart in only one way, but it’s a massive one, and Kate ultimately has to decide which commitment means more to her.
Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Octavia Spencer, and Mary Kay Place play key roles in this tiny indie with a big message.
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