Super Crispy Entertainment,

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mary Kay Place, Kyle Gallner, Bree Turner, Mackenzie Davis, Patti Allison

Kate Hannah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and her husband Charlie (Aaron Paul) have been hard drinkers all their lives. Charlie’s parents have a lot of money, and pay their way, while Kate is a teacher, trying to bring some decency to her life. But a very hard night of drinking and a big misunderstanding turns into a really big deal and Kate decides it’s time to give up the chemical dependence she’s harbored all her life. With the help of a friend from work, she starts into the AA program, but finds it’s harder to face the reality than it is in the hazed world of being drunk every day. Kate has a difficult time trying to do the right thing.

There is an old country song which goes something like, “I sobered up and I started thinking, You ain’t much fun since I stopped drinking.” That’s really the story of this movie, in a way. It’s a short film, a little over an hour, and it’s very simple. But it’s a really realistic story of alcohol and drug abuse and a person trying to make a better life for themselves. With good characters such as Octavia Spencer as Kate’s sponsor, Nick Offerman as a friend and a co-worker, Megan Mullally as the principal, and Mary Kay Place as Kate’s mother, they add a bit of richness to the story. The two main characters are pretty good, although I’m not really familiar with either of them. They certainly play their roles in a competent manner.

This is a very pro-AA movie, and people who do not believe in the “step” programs such as AA will probably just be annoyed. Likewise, there’s no surprises, the story is very predictable. This plays much more like a TV movie than a Hollywood Film, and it’s a Sundance Film Festival movie, so it’s got a bit of pretentiousness to it. But that aside, it is a simple story that gets right to the point. If you’re interested in the story, or a fan of the lifetime type films about substance abuse, this is a decent little film.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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