Short Term 12

Short Term 12 is a 2013 American independent drama film written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton based on Cretton's short film of the same name, produced in 2009. The film stars Brie Larson as Grace Howard, a young supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers. The film was the first leading performance of Larson's career. Cretton based Short Term 12 on his own experience working in a group facility for teenagers. He first wrote and produced a short film based on the idea and later adapted it into a feature-length screenplay. While Larson and John Gallagher, Jr. won their roles after auditioning through Skype, most of the children featured in the film were cast through open casting calls. Filming took place over 20 days in Los Angeles, California in September 2012. Short Term 12 premiered on March 10, 2013 at the South by Southwest film festival and was released in theaters on August 23, 2013. Made on a budget of less than $1 million and given a limited release, the film brought in strong box office receipts, grossing over $2.3 million. The film was widely praised. Critics acclaimed its realism and intimacy, with particular attention drawn to Larson's performance and Cretton's screenplay and direction. Considered one of the best films of 2013, the film was amongst National Board of Review's Top 10 independent films of 2013 and won SXSW's Grand Jury and Audience Awards for a Narrative Feature, as well as earning three Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Female Lead for Larson.

Genre: Drama
Production: Cinedigm
  35 wins & 70 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
82
Rotten Tomatoes:
99%
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Year:
2013
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Mason:
So, 3 years ago, right, we have this girl here named Liza Green. She's 17,older than everybody else on the unit at the time, and I don't mean this in a pervy way or anything, but she's real pretty.

Grace:
She was gorgeous.

Mason:
All the guys on the unit want her but she won't give any of them the time of day because she was busy. She was always studying.

Grace:
She was very smart. Mmm-hmm.

Mason:
Really smart. So, two weeks before she turns 18 and leaves, we get this new intake. It's a 15 year old guy. He's really tough. He's really quiet. But, he's cool. He's just kind of like kicking back, checking out the scene. And I swear I didn't hear him say a word, the whole first week he was here. But, then one day, we were doing community meeting and we ask for announcements. And this guy raises his hand, and he looks directly at Liza Green, then he says, I know you don't know me. I just got here. But I just want to say that I've been watching you. I think you're the most interesting thing about this place, and I'm really sad I'm not going to get to know you before you leave. [Jessica gets surprised] I just wanted to tell you that.

Nate:
What a pimp! What'd she say?

Mason:
Nothin. [Everybody laughs]

Grace:
It was so awkward.

Mason:
It was so f***in awkward I couldn't stand it. And then she left and never talked to him. The kids teased him for like a year about it.

Nate:
Oh, that blows.

Mason:
No, he didn't give a shit. No, didn't even faze him. It was like, he knew somethin everybody else didn't.

Nate:
Who is this guy?

Mason:
That was Marcus.

Jessica:
What? I never heard this story.

Grace:
Oh, wait. It gets so much better.

Mason:
Yeah, yeah. So, check this out. Grace and I are getting coffee at Ronnie's this morning. And we walk in, and who do we see sittin there alone at a table? Marcus! Buttoned-up his shirt. He's sippin on a cappuccino.

Nate:
Marcus drinks cappuccino!

Mason:
So, we're talking to him. We're catchin up. And he's telling us about his new job at the aquarium and his much he tales home in tips. And now, he's going to start applying for classes next semester.

Jessica:
Oh my god!

Mason:
Yeah. And it's weird 'coz I'm like, I have not heard Marcus talk this much ever, since I met him, like, what is the deal? Is he excited to see us? Is he nervous about somethin? And that's when I notice, there's another cappuccino on the table and an empty chair next to him. And then just like in the f***in movies, bathroom door flings open, out walks Liza Green.

Nate:
They were on a date?

Grace:
It was like their fifth one.

Mason:
As soon as she sits down, dude just goes beet red. So embarrassed.

Grace:
Oh... oh, it was so cute.

Mason:
Oh, it was so f***ing cute, I almost pissed my pants.

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