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Short Term 12 2013

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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Genres Drama
Director Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
Supporting actors Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Lydia Du Veaux, Keith Stanfield, Frantz Turner, Kaitlyn Dever, Diana Maria Riva, Harold Cannon, Silvia Curiel, Melora Walters, Bran'dee Allen, Danny Roper, Elyssa Gutierrez, Garryson Zamora, Michael Marto, Patricia Barrett
Studio TMP
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"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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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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Being a support-worker myself i was highly intrigued to see this film by debutante Destin Cretton based on a short feature of his from a few years before. It is an insightful, often moving portrayal of not only the internal struggles of a care-centre(halfway house) but the emotional strains of the carers themselves played by an array of young talent. So kudos to the casting agent.
There is a hard hitting message about the ethics that we apply when making decisions and battling those against the everyday pragmatism and duties we face. Hard subjects are broached and the therapy side of it isn't always tackled but the film shows a poignancy that delivers answers, not always easy, but i believe that no matter what destructive force is at play, just like the movie is portraying we can all come to a resolution or method to the issues at hand.
Brie Larson as Grace is an absolute revelation. Damaged, flawed, angelic and dynamic. At times a role model(one i would still look up to) at other times bringing empathy not only to those in need but to any audience who has worked in the world of care. Not only is Grace’s(Larson) character extremely well-rounded and a window into not only someone who wants to help but someone who is at pain too, most, if not all, of the supporting characters are as well, which is rare for a novice writer.
We are dealing with some deep issues here. The children have a range of experiences from exposure to drug use to physical abuse, not to mention the ardent stress that is simply implied by their current condition. This could, with little effort, fall into the realm of films that are nearly tortuous to endure. Thankfully it does not.
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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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