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Short Term 12 -- Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – 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 – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the 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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23 August 2013 (USA) See more »
Support them. Take care of them. But don't become their friend.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Brie Larson ... Grace

John Gallagher Jr. ... Mason

Stephanie Beatriz ... Jessica

Rami Malek ... Nate

Alex Calloway ... Sammy

Kevin Hernandez ... Luis
Lydia Du Veaux ... Kendra

Keith Stanfield ... Marcus

Frantz Turner ... Jack

Kaitlyn Dever ... Jayden

Diana Maria Riva ... Nurse Beth
Harold Cannon ... Mason's Dad (as Harold Cannon-Lopez)

Silvia Curiel ... Mason's Mom

Melora Walters ... Dr. Hendler
Bran'dee Allen ... Shawnta
Danny Roper ... David
Elyssa Gutierrez ... Anna
Garryson Zamora ... Thom
Michael Marto ... Connor
Patricia Barrett ... Tracy
Tanya Marie A. Bitanga ... Nikki
Zoe Wilkens ... Spring
Angel Amaral ... Trevor
Arnold Barrera ... Mariachi Band Member, Trumpet
Joseph Bruley ... Mariachi Band Member, Guitar
Fred Herrera ... Mariachi Band Member, Guitarron
Shika Moran ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Nikki Chapman ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Fay DeLaCruz ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Cameron Gore ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Anthony Puentes ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Veronica Puentes ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Laura Macias ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Ana Shiravi ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Mohammad Shiravi ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Edward Goldstein ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Etta Goldstein ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Brett Goldstein ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Alexandra Estrada ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Michelle Nordahl ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party

Jared Callahan ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Joel P. West ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Jessica Nordahl ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Andrea Macias ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Kaily McCoy ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Thaddeus McRae ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Kenny Laubbacher ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Pamela Luna ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Valentina I. Valentini ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Brad Kester ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party

Angelina Assereto ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party (as Angelina Asserto)
Merrily Cretton ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Spring Cretton ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party
Patrick James ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party

Christopher Jun ... Guest at Mason's Parents' Party (as Christophet Jun Hwang)

Directed by
Destin Daniel Cretton 
Writing credits
Destin Daniel Cretton (written by)

Produced by
Joshua Astrachan .... producer
Asher Goldstein .... producer
Frederick W. Green .... executive producer
M. Elizabeth Hughes .... co-producer
Amanda Johnson-Zetterström .... co-producer
David Kaplan .... executive producer
Nathan Kelly .... co-producer
Ron Najor .... producer
Maren Olson .... producer
Douglas R. Stone .... executive producer (as Douglas Stone)
Original Music by
Joel P. West 
Cinematography by
Brett Pawlak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nat Sanders 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Rich Delia 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Rachel Myers 
Art Direction by
Grace Alie 
Costume Design by
Joy Cretton 
Mirren Gordon-Crozier 
Makeup Department
Renonda Bray .... key makeup artist (as Ren Bray)
Allison Bryan .... makeup department head
Production Management
Leslie Adkins-Garza .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephenie Galvan .... second assistant director
Aaron Moskal .... second second assistant director
Jacques Terblanche .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rheannon Ainsworth .... art intern
Bradley Alexander .... additional art production assistant
Ian Anderson .... additional art production assistant
Julie Benson .... artwork: self-portrait red & black - Grace's apt
Dori Bobo .... art production assistant
Jessica Brush .... additional art production assistant
Nikki Chapman .... artist: Grace's sketches & artword
Cody Comrie .... artwork: in Jayden's Dan;s and Grace;s apt
Nicholas Coronrous .... artwork: sub-tropical landscapes
Jevon Dismulee .... additional art production assistant
Steven Doxey .... additional property master
Luis Echerock .... artwork: graffiti piece - Marcus' room
David Fernandez .... artist: Jayden's sketchbook artwork
Lowell Frank .... artwork: mixed media clock
Doug Freedman .... leadman
Stephanie Furr .... property master
Andrew Glendinning .... artwork: By the Time the Sun Is Hot
Kelly Gosselin .... additional art production assistant
Kelly Gosselin .... artwork: sketches - group home office space
Nina Handelman .... additional art production assistant
Larry Lytle .... artwork: pinata - Sammy's room
Joe Ramos .... art production assistant (as Joseph Ramos)
Lila Reynolds .... additional art production assistant
Daniel Robles .... artwork: Anthony tee shirt
Benjamin Ruttenberg .... artwork: underwater matine animal photography
Amanda Smith .... artwork: hroup home beach mura;
Tatiana Tensen .... artwork: Grace's apartment
Rob Tokarz .... graphic designer
Paul Umbriaco .... property master
Sound Department
James Austin .... engineering services: Skywalker Sound
Phil Benson .... executive in charge of post-production sound: Skywalker Sound
Onnalee Blank .... sound designer: Soundelux
Onnalee Blank .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sounf
Onnalee Blank .... supervising sound editor
Scott Brewer .... engineering services: Skywalker Sound
Ronni Brown .... foley artist: Skywalker Sound
Danny Caccavo .... digital editorial support: Sjywalker Sound
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer: Skywalker Sound
Kimberly Ellis .... adr editor: Soundelux
Kimberly Ellis .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Wilhoit)
Ryan J. Frias .... digital editorial support: Skywalker Sound (as Ryan Frias)
Jonathan Greber .... post-production sound manager: Sjywalker Sound
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist: Soundelux
Ando Johnson .... sound effects editor: Soundelux
Daniel Kloch .... boom operator
Scott Levine .... digital editorial services
Scott R. Lewis .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
John Maynard .... sound mixer
Charlotte Moore .... post-production sound associate producer: Skywalker Sound
Dan Randall .... foley recordist: Skywalker Sound
Cathy Shirk .... post-production sound accountant: Skywalker Sound
Branden Spencer .... supervising sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr mixer: Soundelux
Stephen Urata .... recordist: Skywalker Sound
Tony Villaflor .... assistant sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Bonnie Wild .... digital editorial support: Skywalker Sound
Perry Levy .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Gaines .... stunt coordinator
Jason Gray .... stunt coordinator
Anna Mercedes Morris .... stunt double: Jayden
Rene Mousseux .... stunt coordinator (as Rene Paul Moussex)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Albovias .... electric/grip swing (as Steven Albovias)
Jeb Alderson .... electric/grip swing
Jason Alegre .... additional camera assistant
Christopher Arata .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jose Barocio Jr. .... electric/grip swing
Vong Chea .... electric/grip swing
Trevor Crist .... gaffer
Trevor Crist .... key grip
Adrienne Garcia .... electric/grip swing
Phill Guarnotta .... electric/grip swing (as Phillip Guarnotta)
Michael Halper .... digital imaging technician
Ryo Hata .... electric/grip swing
Brad Kester .... still photographer
Kenny Laubbacher .... still photographer
Peter Mosiman .... electric/grip swing
Alex Owen .... electric/grip swing
Shaun Sangkarat .... electric/grip swing
Spencer Scranton .... best boy electric
Spencer Scranton .... grip
Nito Serna .... first assistant camera
Elise Teller .... additional camera assistant
Paul Tran .... camera operator
William Waters .... first electric
William Waters .... grip
Casting Department
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Holly Dorff .... casting: loop group
Allison Estrin .... casting associate: New York
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chayse Cohen .... wardrobe assistant
Krista Speicher .... wardrobe seamstress
Editorial Department
Matt Blackshear .... digital intermediate conform editor
Dana Blumberg .... digital intermediate administration: Light Iron (as Dana M. Blumberg)
Des Carey .... digital intermediate management: Light Iron
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate management: Light Iron
Peter Cioni .... digital intermediate management: Light Iron
Johnny Coffeen .... assistant editor
Derek Eby .... digital intermediate administration: Light Iron
Emily Eddey .... digital intermediate producer
Monique Eissing .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katie Fellion .... digital intermediate supervisor
Paul Geffre .... digital intermediate management: Light Iron
Susan E. Kim .... assistant editor (as Susan Kim)
Kevin London .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Ryan McKeague .... digital intermediate assist
Keenan Mock .... digital intermediate assist
Dean Mozian .... digital intermediate administration: Light Iron
Chris Peariso .... digital intermediate cto: Light Iron
Paul Rehder .... digital intermediate assist
Paul Sage .... digital intermediate assist
Ian Vertovec .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Dominic Bogart .... performer (singer)
Erica Erenyi .... musician: cello
Darla Hawn .... musician: percussion
Travis Maril .... musician: viola violin
Dean Menta .... music editor: Soundelux
Karen Troeber .... musician: harp
Joel P. West .... musician: ukulele, guitars, pianos
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Joy Allen .... craft service
Natasha Behrens .... additional set production assistant
Christine Bloomingdale .... loop group
Christine Bloomingdale .... studio teacher
Christopher Borgzinner .... loop group (as Chris Borgzinner)
Sara Branscum .... script supervisor (as Sara Sposito)
Adrian Brown .... set production assistant
Trey Brown .... additional set production assistant
Erika Canchola .... legal services: Ramo Law
Marty Carlin .... studio teacher
Christy Catanzarito .... craft service
Martina Clarin Dorff .... loop group
Beatrice Copeland .... assistant: Animal Kingdom
Sara Correa .... set production assistant
Holly Dorff .... loop group
Amy Ergle .... set production assistant
David Fernandez .... title designer
Nora L. Ferris .... president/ceo: NFR & Associates (as Nora Ferris Rohan)
Jack Indian .... loop group
Calum John .... loop group
Rick Jones .... location security
Rodrigo Jurbina .... additional set production assistant
Kalyn Karnan .... additional script supervisor (as Kalyn Heywood)
Matthew Kendzior .... additional set production assistant (as Matt Kendzior)
Adam Kersh .... publicist
Mary Livanos .... additional set production assistant
Phoebe Long .... loop group
Tony Pachella .... assistant: Animal Kingdom
Kim Pelletier-Hamilton .... senior account manager: NFR & Associates
Isabella Peregrina .... loop group
Ajani Perkins .... loop group
Candice Philpot .... additional set production assistant
Jorge Ramirez-Martinez .... additional set production assistant
Tara Sattler .... legal services: Ramo Law
Harris Smith .... set production assistant
Jen Smith .... chef: Full Moon Pickles and Catering
Nick Van Soelen .... location security (as Nick Van Solen)
Maggie Werning .... additional set production assistant (as Margaret Werning)
Madeleine Whittle .... loop group
Simon Spear .... by courtesy of (uncredited)
Jason F. Brown .... special thanks
Chad M. Christopher .... special thanks (as Chad Christopher)
Quinn Haberman .... special thanks
Janet Heng .... special thanks
Adam Shapiro .... special thanks
Sarah Adina Smith .... special thanks
Valentina I. Valentini .... thanks
Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran .... thanks

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
96 min
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Did You Know?

The song played when Jayden's dad does not come get her is a song performed by a character in one of Destin Cretton's previous films, I Am Not a Hipster (2012).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Grace:Jayden, we have to do something about this.
Jayden:Should go bash his face in with a baseball bat while he's sleeping?
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108 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Near Perfect Film, 5 September 2013
Author: alexhughbrown from Brooklyn, NY

It's rare that a film moves you to tears and in the next moment makes you belly laugh, all within a context of a very real, grounded story.

This film has some of the strongest writing, acting, and directing I've seen in American cinema since American Beauty was released. Subtle, incredibly deep, and full of unsentimental heart and compassion. It's about people who have been damaged by the people who are supposed to protect them the most: their parents. And it's not just about that. It's about how the human spirit can, with care and respect, somehow sustain after such darkness. It's about real love.

This film is why I go to the movies. This film is why I've made my livelihood movies. Bravo Mr. Cretton and everyone involved with the film. I wish you nothing but the best.

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