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A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy ... See full summary »
Destin Daniel Cretton
Brad William Henke,
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 (email@example.com)
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 »
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 »
Mason, you have no idea what I'm going through right now.
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.
I can't. I'm sorry.
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Living a life not knowing what a normal life's like.
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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