Rated R · 96 minutes · 2013

Showcasing the lives of counselors at a halfway house for troubled teens, Short Term 12 has emerged as one the year’s must-see films. The trouble comes with having limited opportunities to see this before the end-of-the-year must-sees show up. So make a point of it. Brie Larson (Community) is outstanding in her breakout lead role. She’s more than a counselor; she’s been in these kids’ shoes herself, and director Destin Daniel Cretton gives Larson’s character a lot of layers to reveal, which works slowly and beautifully. Short Term 12 is no doubt a small film with largely unrecognizable faces and, for many, unfamiliar circumstances. These kids have it hard and the people who care for them—the only people who do—carry a huge daily burden. Cretton moves the pieces expertly and carefully, which is gratifying and surprising for his debut film.

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Official Site: shortterm12.com
Director: Destin Cretton
Producer: Asher Goldstein, Maren Olson, Joshua Astrachan, Ron Najor, Frederick Green, Douglas Stone and David Kaplan
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Stephanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Keith Stanfield and Frantz Turner


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NUVO Movie review: Short Term 12 It's gratifying to see a well-crafted, entertaining movie like Short Term 12, set in a facility for youth with special needs, that might also serve as an agent of change. by Ed Johnson-Ott 09/19/2013
Portland Mercury Tough Love Short Term 12: Damaged kids helped by damaged heroes. by David Schmader 09/04/2013
Chicago Reader Short Term 12: A clear-eyed valentine to social services Destin Daniel Cretton's indie drama Short Term 12 captures the vitality as well as the chaos of a foster-care facility. by Ben Sachs 09/11/2013

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