Short Term 12 BD+DVD Combo [Blu-ray]
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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.
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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mellow viewing experience compared to much of what's out there.
Drama and pathos and interesting characters. Read more
A raw and heady drama that doesn't lose touch with its humanity or delve so far into the somber material that it feels like a drag. Read morePublished 16 days ago by drqshadow
Saw this movie in the theatres when it first came out. Love the movie and glad I now have it on disk. The content of the story and the acting are all phenomenal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin
Any one who works with adolescents in an inpatient treatment center...this movie would be helpful...so much helpful!Published 1 month ago by Diane Thompson
I watched this film twice and like it very much. I purchased it after seeing Brie Larson at a prescreening of "Room. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frank