Short Term 12 2013

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Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).

Starring:
Brie Larson,John Gallagher Jr.
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
Supporting actors Kaitlyn Dever
Studio TMP
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
"Short Term 12" (2013 release; 97 min.) is the story of the people in a youth foster care facility called Short Term 12 (as the kids are not expected to stay longer than 1 year--although we learn that some do). The movie opens with two of the youth counselors, Grace (played by Brie Larson) and Mason (played by John Gallagher Jr.), welcoming a new colleague, Nate. Later on, we learn that Grace and Mason are long-time live-in girlfriend/boyfriend. We then get to know some of the troubled youth in Short Term 12, most prominent among them being Marcus, who is nearing his 18th birthday (the maximum age allowed in that facility) and is dreading to leave. Also prominent is Jayden, a 15 or 16 yr. girl (played by Kaitlyn Dever), who seems very on edge for reasons net yet clear until much later in the movie. Back to Grace and Mason: they try to guide these youth as best as they can, while at the same time they are hitting some rough spots in their own relationship, particularly as Grace learns she is pregnant. At this point we are less than 30 minutes into the movie, and to tell you more would ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this is a HEAVY youth and relationship drama. Only minutes into the movie (after the laugh-inducing opening sequence where Grace and Mason welcome Nate), we get right away into the thick of things, and it doesn't let up from there at all. Second, there are several scenes that will punch you into the (emotional) gut. When Marcus gets into trouble yet again (for fighting), he takes out his anger by writing a rap song, and sings it, begging the counselors to "look into my eyes so you know what it's like". They can't know, of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Drama set in a halfway house for kids with troubled backgrounds,the two supervisors Grace & Mason also come from dysfunctional backgrounds which are revealed as the film plays out.
The director had experince of one of these places & alot of what you see is based on what he saw,loud sometimes violent outbursts followed by quiet,where the child would try & explain what was in thier head,but in thier way,somtimes by made up stories.
The film centres on Marcus who is coming up to his 18th birthday & is due to leave.Jayden arrives & has already come from various other homes or halfway houses,she's angry & not keen on making short term friends.Marcus does not want to leave as he obviously has still got many demons,Jayden wants out but life with her dad means more abuse,some with a belt.

All the kids have a maximum time there of one year but Grace & Mason know that they cant allow Jayden to go home to her dad & she is not the only one.
There are no big emotional scenes,by that i mean crying & just when you think it might get sentimental you get wrong footed.The whole film is massively underplayed which makes everything feel raw.
Good performances all round but it's Brie Larson as Grace who steals the show,she is outstanding.Character wise she reminded me a bit of Carol Hathaway from "ER" years ago,can deal with just about anything,a true people person.

Brilliantly acted,understated,underplayed,low budget wins again!! very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
A 'home' for at risk teens does not at first glance seem to be the place for a film that explores raw emotions in such a natural manner as this film depicts. The director/writer, Daniel Cretton worked in such a place, and knows of what he writes.

Grace, played brilliantly by Brie Larson, is the chief counselor so to speak. She has her eyes on all the kids, and seems to be able to deal with the emotional and physical outbursts all at once. Her boyfriend, Mason, played by John Gallagher, Jr is also perfect for this job. BTW, Gallagher has a strong role in the HBO series, 'The Newsroom', see if you can figure that one out. Both Grace and Mason come from great dysfunction as you soon learn. The participants in this home all have issues as you would expect. We come into the picture when one of them will be turning 18 and leaving the facility soon. At the same time, a very troubled young woman comes to the facility that takes everyone's time and attention. To use the cliche, 'on a roller coaster' is very true of this film. Raw emotions surface, again and again, and you will find yourself on the verge of tears.

The acting is superb in this film. Each character gives much, and we take it all in. We think we know what some of our fellow citizens go through in their life, but we don't. Many of us are sheltered, and many of us don't want to know.

Recommended. prisrob 01-25-14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. on 29 Jun. 2014
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This is not an easy film to watch. It's raw and painful, and it covers a lot of very difficult, sensitive topics. However, it does this fantastically well, Brie Larson in particular is fantastic and really carries the movie, more than deserving of the numberous awards and nominations she won for this role, and there's an good ensemble feel to it. It hurts, and a box of tissues may come in handy, but it's definitely worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 9 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
The travails of a group of abused children and their carers in a in a temporary foster home may not seem a likely subject for a heart-warming film, but the director cleverly avoids the traps of cliché and mawkishness to create, through a roller coaster of emotions, an inspirational and life-affirming experience.
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