Short Term 12 (2013) - Drama

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A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 15 out of 151 found boring (9.93%)

One-line Reviews (68)

Even the 'mad' youngsters were uninteresting, mainly because of their generic acting skills.

Okay I think the film let her character go a bit far in some ways, but she sells it and is engaging.

Very original, engaging and emotional drama.

In search of a climax, Cretton cooks up a formulaic subplot involving pregnancies, commitment fears and a jailed father, and an attempted suicide feels wholly contrived.

"Short Term 12" is an unexpected film that surprisingly have taken my heart and marks some impressions at my mind.

Compelling little indie with great performances .

It was entertaining until the credits rolled.

It is a short movie with 96 minutes running time and it is worth watching and one immediately connects with the main characters of the movie.

A breakout performance in a slow moving drama.

First-day employee Nate (Rami Malek) is our window into the isolated, fascinating world of Short Term 12, a home where at-risk adolescents can stay for up to a year - though some, like soon to be released Marcus (Keith Stanfield), have been there much longer.

inaudible dialogue made film unwatchable .

This is a slow but engaging film.

Worth watching.

Besides the charming dialogue, the score gives a great mood to the film as well and makes it more enjoyable.

Shifting between the hilarious and the heart-wrenching with ease but never staying into cliché, the film tells a poignant tale that's engaging throughout.

It was easy to connect with every character since you really felt for their difficult life situation and it was riveting to see these characters interact with each other in a realistic way.

It's nice to have a film that knows that an original perspective is more engaging than original content.

Hashtag SUPER YAWN .

Credit goes to Mr. Cretton's quasi-documentary directorial style, tremendous acting from support characters played by John Gallagher Jr (Mason), Kaitlyn Dever (Jayden), and Keith Stanfield (Marcus), and a stunning lead performance from rising star Brie Larson (Grace).

The rest of it was absolute trash, No character development, No Plot or Drama just a bunch of overly zoomed-in shots on Poker faces and needless dialogues to fill in between.

But much like the film itself, Short Term 12 is an unexpected diamond in the rough.

Too many times we pass on movies we think we've seen or heard of before and out of fear that it will disappoint and waste our time we don't watch them.

Overall Concensus: This movie is one of the most gripping and compelling experiences I have ever had.

When Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever) arrives at the facility, Grace finds herself getting dragged back into her own troubled emotional history.

It never drags or becomes less engaging, only more compelling.

Definitely worth the watch

Marcus along with Mason share some of the most compelling, witty, and powerful scenes together involving nothing less than a bongo-drum or hair-clippers.

Tough, intense Marcus (Keith Stanfield) is about to turn 18, which means he'll have to leave the home; frightened to make his way on his own, he acts out during these final days instead of facing his future.

Instead of caring , i got bored and wanted this film to end.

It does have a bad habit of using the cliché of misplaced anger a bit too often, where a character furious at someone will instead hit those closest to them, but the deep rooted empathy for these characters allows those moments to feel at least somewhat justified as we feel that intense release with them.

From first shot to last, the film is stunning; it is beautifully shot and incredibly acted.

That youthful always-learning energy gives it a warmth and sincerity that's extremely endearing and a joy to watch these vulnerable and intriguing characters.

But it was excruciatingly slow.

It's a boring screenplay about an unrealistic public health center for unrealistic archetypal children with 'family issues' headed by generic heroine Brie Larson who attempts to balance her cliché life in a quest to find meaning.

He also infuses his story with unexpected humor as the kids hassle each other—and their supervisors—on the road to healing.

Ostensibly, it's about bad kids making good, and that should be inspiring and bland in true Hollywood fashion.

It's a welcome and long-overdue lead role for the actress who's been so engaging in supporting parts in films like "The Spectacular Now" and "Scott Pilgrim vs.

Great - an original, engaging and emotional film .

The story - Hardly avant-garde, not thought provoking, slow, depressing, infuriating...

Every single element of this production is main stream, manufactured, formulaic drivel.

they were forced every morning to brush their teeth to start their boring activities.

I will have to agree with the boredom rating of this film.

We witness first hand their daily work with the kids, some of it quite mundane ...

Agonizingly Dull, boring shallow characters, Jiggly Cam, and tedium for all .

Larson and Dever beautifully illustrate this with their brave, compelling work, as does an excellent supporting cast.

The days of slow paced Oscar winners was not for 2014, and rightfully so.

Its slow, and boring, with so much music rolling over every scene.

Together with Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station (with whom it shares some aesthetics) this was the most gripping and beautiful film of 2013.

And the characters were way too boring.

This has to be the most banal screenplay since 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes' in 1956.

Interesting Material Spoiled By Pretentious Photography .

Part of the plot involves Grace's internal arc, as she struggles whether to have an abortion, following an unexpected pregnancy.

Her powerful and engrossing performance captures something inside of you that few actresses have ever done.

Short Term 12 is chaotic at times, and rises to an intense climax.

And the final & main plot line is about Grace herself, whose past returns to haunt her after meeting Jayden with whom she shares a connection plus the unexpected surprise she discovers that can have a major impact on her future, thus leaving her utterly confused with everything about her life.

There is a happy ending, but it seems rather contrived, as the director wanted above all to show that these kids - Grace included - could be redeemed, so long as people made the effort to understand them.

In fact, I am walking away from this movie after enduring 73 minutes of DULL DULL DULL moron-characters.

While it may be a little inconclusive in one or two spots, the plot is still compelling, with some truly disturbing surprises and revelations.

That is the high point of the long dull tale.

those big brother/sister like young men and young women didn't give me any good impression of their capabilities of teaching and guiding their juvenile residents, they themselves also got load of personal problems, they lived on the farm with the younger kids, they were actually no different from those kids, all they could do was to deal with the kids for their daily unpredictable outrages and silly problems, they could not change what these kids would become, they were just a bunch of older aged losers wasting their precious youth hood in an environment blocked and shut out from the real world.

Come here to watch, feel good and be suckered once again by public health propaganda.

So I believe it's definitely worth watching specially if you love these kind of indie movies that make cinema, cinema!

Mostly avoids sentiment by virtue of how delicate, convincing, intimate and engaging it is .

Keith Stanfield is a standout from the younger crowd of actors whose powerful tenderness constantly gave me chills and Kaitlyn Denver who navigates around cliché and provides an earnest and passionate performance.

They're filled with rage and confusion because of being raised in households where there was violence and abuse.

Great Acting in an absorbing drama .

She handles both the mundane routine of the place and the volatile emotional flare-ups with the same sort of cool confidence.

If you have a mind then please exercise it more by watching paint dry - it will be far more enthralling.