Short Term 12

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.



  • Destin Cretton


  • Brie Larson
  • John Gallagher Jr.
  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Stephanie Beatriz
  • Rami Malek
  • Alex Calloway
  • Kevin Hernandez
  • Keith Stanfield
  • Frantz Turner


  • Asher Goldstein
  • Maren Olson
  • Joshua Astrachan
  • Ron Najor
  • Frederick Green
  • Douglas Stone
  • David Kaplan

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