Short Term 12


The moving drama Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, The Spectacular Now, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr., Whatever Works). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in the most unexpected places. (Dir. by Destin Cretton, 2013, USA, 96 mins., Rated R, Cinedigm Entertainment) Digital