by director/co-writer James Ponsoldt
How many weddings have you been to where the bride and groom get falling-down drunk?
I've been to quite a few (two alone this past year!).
And it's always funny, except for when it's not.
A newly-minted married couple in their mid-to-late 20s, maybe early-30s, stumbling around smiling and giggling, reeking of spilled wine and beer, somehow managing to make it back to their hotel without hurting themselves—or someone else—it's kind of a hoot to watch.
And then...I usually start thinking about five years later, when they might have a child or two, and...it doesn't seem as funny.
Smashed is a film that exists somewhere in between those two realities. Kate and Charlie (played by the amazing Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul) adore each other, are partners in love and laughter, and are clearly each other's favorite person in the world.
They also love to drink. A lot.
And that's fine, until, well, it's not.
Smashed is a love story and a coming-of-age story (except the characters "coming of age" are closer to 30 than 20) made with affection—and maybe a bit of concern—for all my friends with whom I've shared drinks and driven home when they were too drunk to drive (or perhaps vice versa), and who are reluctant to grow up.
I love my friends who are total free spirits and still party like they're freshmen in college.
I just can't keep up with them anymore.
I don't judge those friends. I mean, I loved being a freshmen in college.
And I sort of wish someone had pulled us aside before we were getting ready to graduate and told us that in the real world, your boss isn't going to appreciate your coming into work with a hangover...multiple days in a single week.
But nobody says that. We're all just expected to go from 21 to 25 to 35 to 50 and somehow figure out how to be a responsible adult.
A lot of us do. Others...not so much.
I just hope that when my friends see Smashed—and somehow I'm guessing a few of them might be buzzed when they see it—they will say:
"I know people just like that." And then they might turn to their partner, who will reply: "Of course you do. That's us."
To those friends: I love you. And I'll buy the first round.
Or else we can just get a coffee.