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Short Term 12 (2013)

Brie Larson , Frantz Turner , Destin Cretton  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.
  • Directors: Destin Cretton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: DOCURAMA
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FGVRZR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,420 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SHORT TERM 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street), a twenty-something supervisor at a group home for troubled teens. She s passionate, tough and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr., The Newsroom). But Grace s difficult past, her fierce independence and the arrival of a distraught new girl at the facility create complications that push Grace and Mason to the brink. In this unique love story the couple comes to embrace a surprising future together, discovering truth and humor in unexpected places.

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OVER 60 MINUTES OF BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE: Deleted Scenes; Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Making the Music Featurette; Cast and Crew Screening Featuring The Shivers; SHORT TERM 12: The Original Short Film; Trailers, Teasers and Outreach Partners

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NUANCED, RAW AND COMPELLING…offers inspiration and redemption, alongwith grittiness, intimacy and unexpected humor. --USA Today

A DELICATE INTENSITY OF FEELING… a terrific, completely persuasive Brie Larson… --The New York Times

GRADE A: A drama of astonshing emotional purity. --Entertainment Weekly

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMO Best Movie of 2013 October 23, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Short Term 12 is nothing short of phenomenal. I saw it by myself on opening day, then took my family the next weekend to see it again. Needless to say, I can't wait until January to buy it.

Although one might think this film would be emotionally manipulative, it's not that kind of film. It doesn't take the easy path, and it earns every emotion felt throughout the film. The dialogue isn't as natural and flowing as The Spectacular Now (another of my faves this year), but the film makes up for it in intensity. Add in some moments of humor at some of the most intense times and you have (to use a cliché) "an emotional roller coaster."

Brie Larson should be Oscar-bound with her turn as Grace, the foster care facility staff member that is not too far removed from the kids in her care. John Gallagher Jr. is great as Grace's boyfriend/co-worker trying to deal with her peculiarities. Kaitlyn Dever is great as Jayden, the new intake at the facility that Grace tries to reach out to, seeing herself in more ways than one. But the true discovery in Short Term 12 (since Ms. Larson has been around a while, just not a household name yet) is Keith Stanfield, who plays Marcus, the soft-spoken one who is about to "age-out" of the facility and seems terrified of what his future might be outside the facility walls.

Stanfield has two of the most emotional scenes in the film, including his somber, heartbreaking rap (his own composition, which also should be Oscar-bound) dealing with his abuse at his mother's hands and his vow to rise above that. Dever has one of the most heartbreaking scenes also, using her short story to open a window inside her head.

After watching this film, I gained new respect for my wife who did the same job 20 years ago.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one certainly does NOT come up short… January 20, 2014
Format:DVD
Sometimes those little films you didn’t see coming will actually come out of nowhere and blindside you, take you by surprise by taking for a ride you don’t want to come down from. ‘Short Term 12’ was that kind of film for me. I didn’t believe it had the power to do what it did, and I didn’t feel like I would fall for it as hard as I did. The premise felt very cliché, a little too cliché for my own taste. I expected this to be something forced, something manipulative and even worse, something derivative of something else.

Been there done that; now go home and write something else.

Still, the raves kept coming. The film that Oscar wouldn’t even dream of touching (I mean, the studio didn’t even send out screeners, which after all the Top Ten mentions would have made sense to do) was getting a lot of outside attention, and the year was turning into the ‘did you see that new girl Brie Larson in that phenomenal little indie film’, and soon I was feeling like a complete outcast because I HAD NOT seen ‘Short Term 12’ yet. I am always late to these kinds of parties though. I have three kids, a wife, a full time job and a shortage of babysitters and so I rarely get out to the movies, and when I do it is usually to a cartoon of some sort, or an event of sorts (I did manage to see ‘Gravity’ opening night). The chances of me seeing ‘Short Term 12’ before it was released on DVD was very slim.

But, DVD is here, and I have officially seen, fallen and championed this film.

‘Short Term 12’ tells the story of a troubled young woman who works at a foster care facility for other troubled young kids.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite movie in 2013! Love Brie! She should have been nominated for Best Actress!
Published 28 days ago by Marti Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Emotional Punch
Every once in awhile, a film comes completely out of nowhere and utterly surprises me. This was exactly the case with "Short Term 12". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zachary Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel very good about that
I watched this movie originally because it was free on a long distance plane trip. It has stayed with me for months. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly became one of my favorite films
The best movie I've seen this year, maybe even in the last five years. Brie Larson is an incredible lead actress and the story is one of those rare, realistic, raw movies that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mallory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product!
Published 3 months ago by GrikMoretz11
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Realistic
Very realistic film on working with teens whose young lives were filled with trauma. It is a very accurate film, full of the love group care counselors feel for their clients as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this movie!
It's everything you've read on others' reviews. Dragged my action-movie-loving hubby to come with me and he really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by FamilySoccerFilmWine
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie
I find that I so rarely take to Amazon to write a good review these days. Usually I am so annoyed by something that I read or watched that I take to Amazon in order to eviscerate... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim Lieder
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life
As a group home alum myself, I am tired of seeing commercialized and dramatized depictions of the group homes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AWayWithWords
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great movie
I was shocked at how great this movie was. It was completely underrated and in my opinion the best movie of 2013.
Published 5 months ago by Jonniegirl
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