“It’s OK to laugh,” writer-director James Ponsoldt told the crowd at MoMA Thursday night. “Not all movies about alcoholism are deadly serious and this is one of them.”
The Gotham preem of SPC’s “Smashed,” indeed, had them laughing, even though for twentysomethings the scenario may be all too recognizable.
“That group of people drink. That’s what they do,” said SPC’s Tom Bernard. “It’s something that’s unique to that generation. Whereas in my generation, maybe everyone smoked pot and took acid.”
The message of sobriety came across loud and clear, because at the Brasserie 8 1/2 reception many attendees proceeded to the bar with caution. Pic’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead recalled, “Pretty much after every screening we’ve had some sort of reception and it’s pretty hilarious. We’re like ‘In moderation, people. In moderation.'”
While Winstead and Ponsoldt admitted to harboring relatively harmless addictions to technology and caffeine, respectively, Bernard’s past addiction is unexpected.
“In my 20s and 30s I was addicted to Schickhaus bologna,” he admitted. “But I gave it up and I dropped 15 pounds.”