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Short Term 12 2013 R CC

Short Term 12 follows Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. This lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places.

Starring:
Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Calloway
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Destin Cretton
Starring Stephanie Beatriz, Alex Calloway
Supporting actors Kaitlyn Dever, John Gallagher Jr., Brie Larson, Rami Malek
Studio Cinedigm
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This is a gem of a movie, that seems to have gotten lost in the sea of unusually good mass marketed films from 2013. Brie Larson did a phenomenal job, as did the supporting actors. These were flawed, scared characters that took me on a journey into their world, where I became heavily invested in them, particularly Larson's character. The subject matter is heavy but there is just enough humor scattered throughout that I didn't finish the movie feeling drained of any good feelings. On the contrary, I felt a dual sense of sadness and hopefulness, which to me says that the movie portrays real, honest human interactions and emotions - always a plus in my opinion. You will not be wasting your time if you watch this!
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I saw Short Term 12 last year but with it being recently added to Netflix instant I thought it would be a good time to revisit this wonderful little film. This is a very simple character driven story that speaks to the truths of being a young adult in an honest unflinching way that is sadly rare. Most films condescend to teenagers and handle their stories in a shallow manor that feels false.

Most of the film is set in a foster-care center for wayward teenagers and is based on the real life experience of Writer/Director Destin Danel Cretton. The film opens with an amusing story being told by Mason (John Gallagher Jr) a veteran employee who is helping a new employee understand how unpredictable his new job will be. Grace (Brie Larson) is a young counselor barely older than the children in her care. She is profoundly empathetic to the residents of the facility and does everything in her limited power to bring some comfort to their chaotic lives.

This film doesn't deal with life or death stakes on global level. You will not see giant robots manipulating alternative fuel sources to make bombs to blow up a national monument. No, this is a film with real stakes. Emotionally grounded, real world stakes that anyone can relate to. The film itself is not glossy or filled with any fluff it is bare bones and raw. Characters make poor choices and say things that hurt the ones that try to help them. Its not often I'm moved to tears when watching a film. Ok, that last sentence was a flat out lie. I cry very easily. Sometimes I cry at films that aren't very good. That's just who I am. Where was I? Oh yeah, Somewhere around the one hour mark I could feel this story underneath my skin. It had gotten to me and I was emotionally invested in its characters.
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An excellent movie. The performances are great across the board. I really identified with Dever's character of Jayden (we both suffer from depression, albeit for entirely different reasons) and she is a knockout in the role. Brie Larson brings a great deal of warmth and understanding to her role. To get to know these characters is to understand how anyone can be a victim of circumstances beyond his/her control, but there is hope. At least there is as long as facilities like Short Term 12 are around.
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Wonderful portrayal of young caregivers at a facility dedicated to the treatment of abused and disturbed youths. Great acting. Strong story line and screenplay. Wish all movie buffs had the chance to see this one!
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It sounds cliche, but I laughed and I cried (with sadness and with happiness). The characters were believable and it's easy to care about them. The acting and script were great. I was honestly really impressed.

As for the one-star reviews, I'm not sure why there is always at least one person who gives these kinds of great movies one star because of the "f-bombs" ruining it for them. In the real world people curse and they yell and they make mistakes. The swearing isn't gratuitous - it's in context. So if you live some sort of sheltered existence where "bad" words upset you, then don't watch this movie. Or pretty much any movie. Or go outside where there are any people speaking, especially younger people. But if you can handle real life, then please give this movie a chance. We need to encourage filmmakers to make more films of this quality.
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Watch this, you won't regret it! Never saw this promoted in the theaters, so glad it was a recommended flick in my amazon queue. Heavy drama with moments of humor to break up the tears.
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Fabulous film. As paraphrased from Entertainment Weekly, "The Best Film of 2013 You Didn't See, and Really Should" It's 90 minutes well, well spent.
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By Goughy on January 19, 2014
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This little movie by the end felt very big in terms of bringing a small piece of the universe into existence through characters that felt so intimately realized you'd swear you'd known them in your own life at some point. Or maybe not but I did have the sense I was in the company of real people in a real place and time and I invested in these people and thought of them some after the film was done, as if I had hope that they were all doing well. Our portal into this here and now is through Grace, an intake officer at a Foster Care facility and supervisor to a staff that includes her boyfriend Mason and new employee Nate. Through her we meet some of the troubled teens in custody and come to actually care about them but the beauty of Short Term 12 is that it doesn't do this to its audience blatantly with tried and true cinematic techniques but, rather, casts it's spell softly and unexpectedly by simply allowing us into their everyday lives at the facility. The movie also grants us access into the life of Grace and Mason just as Grace, a young woman with a past as an abuse victim of her own, seems to be grappling with some major crisis involving her relationship with Mason and her estranged and imprisoned father. The movie delicately weaves these issues into the story with an expertise in storytelling that is admirable in absence of flashbacks, voice-overs, impassioned soliloquies, etcetera. It's gathered as one goes along, the details of the lives displayed and maybe this is why your feel you are getting to know the characters instead of being told who they are. The performances, as well, are vivid, imaginative and authentic. It feels like everyone involved treated this film as the very special project it came to be.
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