Short Term 12

Short Term 12

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Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. But Grace's own difficult past, and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself, throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 18, 2019

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. But Grace's own difficult past - and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. But Grace's own difficult past - and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. But Grace's own difficult past - and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

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Nursebob
Jul 18, 2019

Filmed with a verité candour reminiscent of Von Trier’s Dogma 95 and featuring an unpretentious script which always seems spontaneous, Cretton avoids the emotional bombast and touchy-feely moments one usually associates with “Kids at Risk” movies and instead aims for a low-keyed realism which proves far more effective. Leads Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. both give quiet, unaffected performances—his open-faced honesty and her taciturn moods setting off sparks—while a supporting cast of emotionally fragile residents, including real-life rapper LaKeith Stanfield as an abused youth terrified of adulthood, provide the backdrop against which Grace’s personal drama unfolds. Refreshing in its lack of histrionics (the kids are troubled, not possessed) and almost completely believable if you allow for just a wee bit of dramatic license, Cretton’s little indie proves yet again that you don’t need big names and big budgets in order to achieve maximum effect.

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haider99
Jun 02, 2019

Amazing!

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JAS57
Apr 30, 2019

I LOVED this movie. I cried a few times watching it, so heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Sep 03, 2017

Destin Daniel Cretton extended his original short (which is included in Special Features) into this full length feature about troubled & abused young adults living in a group home where they receive psychological counselling for up to a year (hence the short term-12). Brie Larson showed off her acting chops early in her career in this indie film. The story portrays kids with serious issues being supervised by Larson and Gallagher, who clearly have some unresolved issues of their own. Rami Malek, (Mr. Robot) plays a new counselor trainee, but isn't given much to do.

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firefly5
Feb 26, 2017

Very good movie. Passionate, violent and very sad. So many of our children need help and support even after the age of 18. Our system is seriously lacking when it is assumed that a young person can live in a controlled environment until the age of 18 and then they are completely on their own. "Free"? Far from being free, they are lost. More should be done. This is a heartbreaking situation.

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breemu
Aug 21, 2016

Having worked with "at risk" kids in group homes, I'd have to say this was a pretty solid representation of the real thing. Although this didn't have nearly as much violence, fighting, threats to staff and other kids, swearing, destruction of property, self injury, substance abuse, etc, as the real thing, but it certainly invoked the general sense these kids have of not fitting in, not being normal, not being loved and cared for, etc, and the heightened emotional volatility that comes from their often overwhelming feelings of lack, grief, loss and rage because of that. It also showed the Herculean steadfastness, empathy, and completely openhearted and constant availability and awareness required of the staff - if they are any good at what they do. And yes, staff often come from difficult backgrounds themselves, wanting to help kids going through the same thing, which can bring up triggers for the staff as well. It's just too bad these kids get punted out of group homes when they are only 18, as most of them need support - and should be supported, just like our own kids - for several years after that.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

This is my kind of movie; the best I've seen in quite some time. The story was wonderful, filled with heartache and hope. The characters were wonderfully drawn and developed nicely. The setting was perfectly imagined. The plot had some wonderful tension, but not at the risk of losing heart. I really, really liked this film. I'd watch it again; and I'm not one to rewatch films very often.

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sldphotonut
Jan 21, 2016

Okay movie with a good heart. Not extremely exciting but good subject matter.

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amoby
Oct 01, 2015

Add some biting, bed wetting and more vomiting and this would be realistic.

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tatianawilson
Feb 02, 2016

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

Grace, a supervisor at a foster-care facility, has a difficult past of her own to deal with along with the at-risk teenagers at the facility. 99%/93%

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