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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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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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One of the best films of the year. A work of art from start to credits. 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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Trivia

Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever both appeared in The Spectacular Now (2013) but did not share any scenes together. 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

Mason: I hate that bike! Fuck you, Floyd.
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Connections

Referenced in Short Term 12: Making the Music (2014) See more »

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Cielito Lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza (as Quirino Mendoza y Cortés)
Performed by Mariachi Bandido
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Near Perfect Film
5 September 2013 | by alexhughbrownSee all my reviews

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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