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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brie Larson ... Grace
John Gallagher Jr. ... Mason
Stephanie Beatriz ... Jessica
Rami Malek ... Nate
Alex Calloway Alex Calloway ... Sammy
Kevin Balmore ... Luis (as Kevin Hernandez)
Lydia Du Veaux Lydia Du Veaux ... Kendra
LaKeith Stanfield ... Marcus (as Keith Stanfield)
Frantz Turner ... Jack
Kaitlyn Dever ... Jayden
Diana Maria Riva ... Nurse Beth
Harold Cannon Harold Cannon ... Mason's Dad (as Harold Cannon-Lopez)
Silvia Curiel ... Mason's Mom
Melora Walters ... Dr. Hendler
Bran'dee Allen Bran'dee Allen ... Shawnta
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Storyline

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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Term Twelve See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,206, 25 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,010,414, 7 February 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of two indie films in which actor John Gallagher Jr. plays a character who operates a facility for troubled youth. The second was in The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018), where Gallagher's character runs a gay conversion therapy center for teenagers with his sister played by Jennifer Ehle. In 'Short Term 12' however, he runs a group home for troubled teenagers with his girlfriend played by Brie Larson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
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Remake of Short Term 12 (2008) See more »

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Brushbroom Glow
Written by Joel P. West
Performed by The Tree Ring
Courtesy of Other Rivers
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Living a life not knowing what a normal life's like.
26 January 2014 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

It's not just the residents in this home that are damaged. To some degree, the staff comes here with their own life experiences that are just as damaging as those they care for. Maybe being damaged is what attracts people to the work - I certainly saw it often in psychology and counseling classes.

Grace (Brie Larson), the supervisor, is certainly dealing with a damaged past. It is probably what makes her good at her job, but it does cause her problems. It's balancing the two that makes one successful.

Cutting, anger, withdrawal, are all things you will see in these children/young adults. They are manifestations of their unnatural upbringing. Marcus (Keith Stanfield) is terrified at the prospect of going out on his own. Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever) guards her secret past, while Grace tries to pry it open.

Every day is a challenge, and the worst part is not ever knowing if you were successful.


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