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Short Term 12 (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 August 2013 (USA)
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A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

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At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace is a young counselor trying to do her best for kids who often have been pulled from the worst kinds of home situations. Even then, life is not easy as Grace and her colleagues care for kids who are too often profoundly scarred, even as they try to have lives of their own. Now, things are coming to a head as Grace readies for marriage even as some her charges are coming to major turning points in their lives. To cope, Grace will have to make difficult perceptions and decisions that could put her career, and more importantly her charges, at dire risk. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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$56,206 (USA) (23 August 2013)

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$1,010,414 (USA) (7 February 2014)
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While most of the children were cast through open casting calls, Keith Stanfield was the only actor to return from the original short film Short Term 12 (2008). Director Destin Daniel Cretton had to struggle to reach him during the casting as he had quit acting and did not have a cell phone. See more »

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While Jayden is waiting for her father, she does her makeup (eyeliner around her eyes) After her father fails to come get her, she runs into her room,and after a scuffle, is pinned down by Nate, Grace and Mason. At this point, there is no makeup on or around her eyes. See more »

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Mason: Grace. Where are you going?
Grace: I can't do that.
Mason: Ok. Let's go. Let's go. I'll drive us home.
Grace: I don't wanna go home. It's not what I'm talking about.
Mason: I know it's been a really fucked up day, okay?
Grace: Mason, you have no idea what I'm going through right now.
Mason: Then tell me. That's how this works. You talk to me about it so that I can take your hand and fucking walk through this shit with you. That is what I signed up for, okay? But I cannot do that if you won't let me in.
Grace: I can't. I'm sorry.
Mason: You're sorry?...
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Heartwarming & Heartbreaking at the Same Time.
16 January 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Incredibly natural in its approach, wonderfully balanced from start to finish & further solidified by a convincing ensemble performances, Short Term 12 tells the story of Grace, a very caring & capable supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. There are three story lines that emerge from this film; one is about Marcus, a quiet kid who's about to turn eighteen but doesn't want to leave the facility, the second plot line is about Jayden, a troubled teenage girl who's the latest member of the club. And the final & main plot line is about Grace herself, whose past returns to haunt her after meeting Jayden with whom she shares a connection plus the unexpected surprise she discovers that can have a major impact on her future, thus leaving her utterly confused with everything about her life.

The entire cast has given a brilliant performance, but it's Brie Larson who impresses the most as Grace and the film manages to portray her toughness & fragility evocatively. The locations are very lifelike, the entire film has a very calm & relaxed atmosphere for which the shooting location is responsible for, editing is finely done & it is smartly written & directed. On an overall scale, Short Term 12 is one of those dramas that are heartwarming & heartbreaking at the same time that will have you go through every emotion you're capable of and dares to deal with issues most people or families aren't very comfortable viewing or discussing about.


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