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Short Term 12 (2013)

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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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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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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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Support them. Take care of them. But don't become their friend. See more »

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Drama

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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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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival in the narrative feature category. 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

Sammy: Can we play Big and Small?
Grace: Is that a real game, or is that a game you just made up?
Sammy: It's a real game that I just made up.
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Connections

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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Short Term 12 best film of SXSW
18 March 2013 | by mackistnerSee all my reviews

I saw this film a couple days ago at SXSW and it is still difficult to put into words how I feel about it. This is a truly special film and was definitely the big WOW moment of the entire festival. The film won the Grand Jury and Audience Award for Narrative feature and it deserves the accolades 100%. The acting in this film is so honest and real that I felt like I was watching a documentary at times. This is easily a star making role for Brie Larson, John Gallager Jr., and Kaitlyn Dever. All are young stars on the rise and I hope this film helps progress their careers in the right direction, because they all deserve it.

The film tells the story of Grace (Larson) and her coworkers as they work at a dysfunctional foster care facility. There are many characters in the film, specifically the kids in the foster care, and each and every character with a speaking role is a completely fleshed out, multi- dimensional character. It was easy to connect with every character since you really felt for their difficult life situation and it was riveting to see these characters interact with each other in a realistic way.

I don't want to say too much about the film, but there are some very moving scenes that definitely made me tear up. This is a very emotional film and you could feel the passion that was put into it by the cast and filmmakers. I believe wholeheartedly that this movie deserves Oscar buzz, specifically in Screenplay and some of the acting categories. The audience reaction as the credits rolled was one of the warmest receptions at SXSW that I experienced this year and multiple people gave it a standing ovation.

I cannot wait to see this film again, definitely the best of the festival and one of the best first features by a director that I've ever seen. This is going to be a very important film in 2013 and I cannot wait to see what is in store for the film, the director, and these talented young rising actors. You will be a better person for seeing this film. Just see it.


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