Short Term 12

Short Term 12

Streaming Video - 2015
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Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, committed to the kids in her charge -- and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places.

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maipenrai
Jul 19, 2020

I thought the acting was terrific and I believe Grace is on her way to begin healing. My only objection is the premise that a caregiver at a home for at risk teens is just as damaged as the young people in her care. I believe as a psychologist that a therapist or care-taker has to have healed sufficiently from a history of trauma to be well on the way to a healthy personal life before assuming responsibility for the lives of others. I know that a history of abuse or other damage often make a caregiver more empathetic and aware of the signs of trauma, but I believe it is responsibility of that care-taker and the institution to make certain that the responsible adult is sufficiently healthy to "first do no harm". Grace almost commits murder as much because of her own abuse as that of Jayden. She is living in a world of so much personal pain that I am amazed that she was functioning as well as she seemed to be on the surface. If you cannot look your own abuse in the eye and defeat it, ultimately it will defeat or kill you. Mason and Grace have been in a three year relationship, yet she is so frightened by intimacy that she strikes out physically against her lover. Mason's patience and love was commendable, but by tolerating her silence and self-destructive behaviors, he was enabling Grace not to heal. When we learn that he has a history of being in a foster home, even though it was a positive family experience, we know that he has had to struggle to become healthy emotionally. The theme here leads to a very poignant story, but it could have led to tragedy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Jul 19, 2020

I thought the acting was terrific and I believe Grace is on her way to begin healing. My only objection is the premise that a caregiver at a home for at risk teens is just as damaged as the young people in her care. I believe as a psychologist that a therapist or care-taker has to have healed sufficiently from a history of trauma to be well on the way to a healthy personal life before assuming responsibility for the lives of others. I know that a history of abuse or other damage often make a caregiver more empathetic and aware of the signs of trauma, but I believe it is responsibility of that care-taker and the institution to make certain that the responsible adult is sufficiently healthy to "first do no harm". Grace almost commits murder as much because of her own abuse as that of Jayden. She is living in a world of so much personal pain that I am amazed that she was functioning as well as she seemed to be on the surface. If you cannot look your own abuse in the eye and defeat it, ultimately it will defeat or kill you. Mason and Grace have been in a three year relationship, yet she is so frightened by intimacy that she strikes out physically against her lover. Mason's patience and love was commendable, but by tolerating her silence and self-destructive behaviors, he was enabling Grace not to heal. When we learn that he has a history of being in a foster home, even though it was a positive family experience, we know that he has had to struggle to become healthy emotionally. The theme here leads to a very poignant story, but it could have led to tragedy. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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djil
May 01, 2020

A touching, tender film that handles the subject of abuse and trauma with such care. It's hands down the best performance of Brie Larson's career and shows what promise Kaitlyn Dever had far before Booksmart.

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hooppii
Mar 12, 2020

Can't go wrong with a movie with Brie Larson as the lead. This is an excellent movie. Very touching.

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CurlyWhirly
Jul 18, 2019

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, 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 - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, 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 - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.

Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker, 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 - throws her into unforeseen confusion, made 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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Nursebob
Jul 18, 2019

Filmed with a verité candour reminiscent of Von Trier’s Dogma 95 and featuring an unpretentious script which always seems spontaneous, Cretton avoids the emotional bombast and touchy-feely moments one usually associates with “Kids at Risk” movies and instead aims for a low-keyed realism which proves far more effective. Leads Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. both give quiet, unaffected performances—his open-faced honesty and her taciturn moods setting off sparks—while a supporting cast of emotionally fragile residents, including real-life rapper LaKeith Stanfield as an abused youth terrified of adulthood, provide the backdrop against which Grace’s personal drama unfolds. Refreshing in its lack of histrionics (the kids are troubled, not possessed) and almost completely believable if you allow for just a wee bit of dramatic license, Cretton’s little indie proves yet again that you don’t need big names and big budgets in order to achieve maximum effect.

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haider99
Jun 02, 2019

Amazing!

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JAS57
Apr 30, 2019

I LOVED this movie. I cried a few times watching it, so heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Sep 03, 2017

Destin Daniel Cretton extended his original short (which is included in Special Features) into this full length feature about troubled & abused young adults living in a group home where they receive psychological counselling for up to a year (hence the short term-12). Brie Larson showed off her acting chops early in her career in this indie film. The story portrays kids with serious issues being supervised by Larson and Gallagher, who clearly have some unresolved issues of their own. Rami Malek, (Mr. Robot) plays a new counselor trainee, but isn't given much to do.

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firefly5
Feb 26, 2017

Very good movie. Passionate, violent and very sad. So many of our children need help and support even after the age of 18. Our system is seriously lacking when it is assumed that a young person can live in a controlled environment until the age of 18 and then they are completely on their own. "Free"? Far from being free, they are lost. More should be done. This is a heartbreaking situation.

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Feb 02, 2016

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

Grace, a supervisor at a foster-care facility, has a difficult past of her own to deal with along with the at-risk teenagers at the facility. 99%/93%

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djil
May 01, 2020

Grace: I like your name, Jayden.

Jayden: It's a boy's name.

Grace: Really? I don't think so.

Jayden: Will Smith did.

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