Smashed script
Smashed (2012)
Synopsis: Smashed is a 2012 American drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Ponsoldt and Susan Burke, and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Winstead and Paul play a married couple, Kate and Charlie Hannah, both alcoholics. After a series of embarrassing incidents caused by her drinking habit, Kate decides to get sober with the help of a coworker and a sponsor from Alcoholics Anonymous.

FADE IN:

INT. KARAOKE BAR - NIGHT 1

CLOSE ON:
KATE HANNAH -- late-20s, pretty and wholesome and,

oh yeah, piss drunk. She stands on a tiny

KARAOKE STAGE:

*

in the far corner of a half-empty dive bar.

Kate holds a MICROPHONE and dances as she SINGS a bad karaoke

version of “SONG TO BE DETERMINED.” What Kate lacks in talent

she more than makes up for with charm and enthusiasm.

At a table near the stage is ---

CHARLIE HANNAH:
Kate’s husband, late-20’s, scruffy buthandsome, also pretty damn drunk. He enthusiastically clapsand points to Kate, making up a cheering section along with ---

OWEN HANNAH -- Charlie’s younger brother, early-20’s --

who sings along with ---

the small but energetic CROWD.

Kate begins to ramble between verses -- and gleefully pointsto Charlie and Owen. For the moment, this drunk girl is theQueen of Karaoke.

LATER:

*

*

2.

Kate finishes the song and drunkenly tumbles off the stage to

join Charlie and Owen.

CHARLIE:

That was so good, baby!

KATE:

Bullshit.

CHARLIE:

I’m serious. You sing like an angel

-- a drunk angel.

Owen and Kate LAUGH.

KATE:

If you were writing about my

performance for your blog, what

would you say?

CHARLIE:

I’d say that, uh...my wife is the

sexiest, most amazing woman alive.

KATE:

That would be such a shitty article

-- nobody would read it.

Kate and Charlie laugh and kiss -- and then Kate glances at

Owen and makes a puppy dog face.

KATE (CONT’D)

(to Owen)

Aw...we need to find you a lady,

Owen.

OWEN:

Yeah -- I’ve been trying to flirt

with the bartender, but...I can’t

tell.

Owen motions to the -

-- FEMALE BARTENDER, early 20’s. *

KATE:

She’s hot! What can’t you tell?

OWEN:

She looks like she could kick my

ass. No way would she go for a guy

like me.

3.

KATE:

You’re being a little girl -- just

go talk to her.

OWEN:

(clearly shy)

I don’t know...forget about it.

KATE:

(not going to take “no”

for an answer)

I’ll take point -- follow me.

Kate stumbles to the bar. Charlie and Owen follow. Kate puts

her arms around Owen and gets the attention of the bartender.

KATE (CONT’D)

I want to buy a gimlet for me and a

double-shot of whiskey for my

brother-in-law ‘cause he’s had a

hard week.

FEMALE BARTENDER

‘Kay.

The bartender quickly pours the drinks.

FEMALE BARTENDER (CONT’D)

That’s fifteen.

KATE:

Wait -- don’t you wanna know what

happened to him?

The bartender rolls her eyes and checks around the bar to see

if there are other customers. It’s pretty dead -- so she

listens.

FEMALE BARTENDER

(unenthused)

What happened?

KATE:

He just got back from England --

because he went there for a girl! A

preppy, bitchy girl. Diane

Court...that was her name. He loved

her so much that he went with her

because she had a fellowship or

something. He gave up being a

kickboxer. A kickboxer! *

(sad)

And she dumped him.

4.

The bartender sizes up Owen. The trio waits with anticipation

to hear her response, which is -

FEMALE BARTENDER

(to Owen)

You kickbox?

OWEN:

(caught in the headlights)

Yeah.

And...that’s all Owen’s got.

KATE:

(jumping in)

And he teaches kids at the

kickboxing studio. Oh, they’re so

cute!

The bartender glances back to Owen.

OWEN:

(finally)

A lot of ‘em don’t have parents --

so...it’s kinda more than just a

teacher/student thing.

(beat)

I know it sounds silly, but I feel

responsible for them -- like...

(emotional)

...I could be their parent.

Kate slides down the bar to Charlie.

KATE:

(hushed)

I think I got him laid.

CHARLIE:

Yeah?

KATE:

She seems totally game.

CHARLIE:

Sure she just didn’t want to get

into your pants?

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James Ponsoldt

James Adam Ponsoldt is an American film director, actor and screenwriter, now based in Los Angeles. He directed the drama films Off the Black and Smashed, the romantic comedy-drama The Spectacular Now, and the drama The End of the Tour. more…

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