Smashed

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.
Genre: Drama
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  10 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
85%
R
Year:
2012
81 min
$375,981
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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?

Kate rolls her eyes.

KATE:

I think I’m done for the night.

5.

CHARLIE:

Yeah?

Owen wanders over, dejected.

OWEN:

She’s seen “Say Anything.”

CHARLIE:

Eh, well...what’re you gonna do,

huh?

(beat)

Wanna drive us home?

KATE:

No -- he needs to keep working it!

You guys stay here.

CHARLIE:

I don’t want to watch my brother

not score. I want to go to bed with

you and...

(whispered into Kate’s

ear)

...you know.

KATE:

I’ll be home when you get there. We

can “you know” then.

OWEN:

(to Charlie)

Yeah, man -- you don’t have a job

to wake up for in the morning or

anything.

CHARLIE:

Writing is a job! Not having to

report to an office only makes work

harder.

(to Kate)

Baby, you drank a lot. I think Owen

should take us home -- you’re too

drunk to drive.

KATE:

So’s Owen.

(suddenly focused)

I’m not that drunk. Besides, you

know I focus when I drive -- it

sobers me up.

CHARLIE:

Tell that to the cops.

*

*

6.

Kate kisses Charlie and hugs Owen.

KATE:

(to Charlie)

I love you, baby. I’ll be waiting

for you in a nice warm bed. You

have exactly one mission: get your

brother laid -- and don’t talk to

any other women.

Beat.

CHARLIE:

That sounds like two missions.

KATE:

No, it’s just one.

CHARLIE:

(to Owen)

It kinda sounded like two, right?

OWEN:

(nodding)

It did.

Kate grins and slowly backs away towards the door.

KATE:

(really fast)

GoodbyeIloveyouboth!

2 EXT. KARAOKE BAR - PARKING LOT - NIGHT 2 *

Kate stumbles out of the bar and hears a GROAN. She glances

over and sees:

A drunk woman -- FREDA, 30s -- sitting on the curb. She MOANS

again.

Kate glances around the parking lot. Nobody else but her and

Freda.

KATE:

You okay?

FREDA:

(quick)

Yeah. Are you?

KATE:

(taken aback)

Um...sure.

7.

FREDA:

Good.

(whispers)

Hey, I’m not really okay.

Oh...

KATE:

FREDA:

My b*tch sister just took off andleft me here so she could hook upwith some a**hole. Now what am I

supposed to do? Huh? I don’t have acar here.

KATE:

I guess I could...

FREDA:

You’ll give me a ride? Oh my god!

Thank you!

Freda gets up quickly -- and almost falls over. *

KATE:

I was gonna say “call you a cab,”

‘cause, you know --I don’t evenknow you.

FREDA:

It’s not far. Please? Pretty

please...?

Kate looks dismayed. Not sure what to do.

CUT TO:

3 INT./EXT. SUBARU (MOVING) - NIGHT 3 *

The car passes through Chinatown on its way downtown. *

Kate drives with Freda in the passenger seat. Freda glancesdown at the floor and notices a FLASK. *

FREDA:

You know, you shouldn’t drink and

drive.

KATE:

I wasn’t -FREDA

Just kidding. Can I have a sip?

8.

Kate’s speechless.

FREDA (CONT’D)

I’m really thirsty.

KATE:

It’s, uh...whiskey.

FREDA:

F*** yeah, it’s whiskey! I love

whiskey. You’re the real thing,

huh? A hardcore drinking b*tch like

me!

Freda takes a swig from Kate’s flask.

KATE:

I don’t know. No.

FREDA:

Can I smoke in your car?

KATE:

(slightly annoyed)

Okay, fine -- go ahead. Can you

just roll down the window?

FREDA:

Of course -- I’m not uncivilized.

Freda takes out a -

--CRACK PIPE and lights it, deeply inhaling crack smoke.

KATE:

(in disbelief)

WHOA!

Kate immediately pulls the car over.

KATE (CONT’D)

Not what I thought you meant.

FREDA:

Want a hit?

KATE:

No, I...is that pot?

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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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