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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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"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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I'm completely floored by this movie! Brie Larson is just so special as an actress it's almost unfair! :)

Short Term 12 is centred around a home for troubled teenagers, where Brie Larson stars as Grace, one of the supervisors. Her job is to look out and attend to the needs of the teenagers at the home, along with her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr) and new employee Nate (Remi Malek). You really see how working together in this home affects the lives of Grace and Mason as a couple as well.

A lot of the kids are there because of the abuse and neglect they've suffered and as the film progresses, you find out the kind of background Grace is from, you see why she's so involved in everything they do and why she's so affected by what she sees around her. There is such a delicacy to Brie Larson's performance as Grace, she just looks so natural as a motherly figure.

The performances of the teenagers who are in the home are so believable as well, two that stand out the most are Kaitlyn Dever as Jayden, who is new to the home and you see right from the start that not only does she have anger issues, she's also troubled and without spoiling anything you see how she's affected by everything she went through. Every line of dialogue between her and Grace was just believable and honest and intimate. It feels like you're watching a real conversation between real people. It's just so riveting in how it's handled in this film.

The other is Keith Stanfield as Marcus, who is approaching his 18th birthday and he acts up because he doesn't want to leave the home, you see how he too is affected by abuse and why he is quick to anger. One of the best scenes in this movie is where he sings lyrics to a rap he wrote himself to Mason.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2014
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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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I really enjoyed this. The cast and casting were great. It was pretty simplistic and you could start picking holes, but I enjoyed the ride, and I was too engaged with the characters stories to start being critical. It does well with bringing in humour and upbeats. Actually if this had been a 6 or 10 episode series following the main leads stories in turn I could have done with hours more of this.
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