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“Short Term 12” Gets Positive Critical Reception

“Short Term 12” is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), 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.)

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, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield), an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18, manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility.

Grace comes to find—in both her work and the new teenager in her care—surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places. – Apple Trailers

I heard about this movie a while back, and now it’s gotten insanely good reviews – including a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an award from the SXSW festival.

Of course, the film is playing nowhere near me, so it’s going to be a while before I get to see it. It’s a shame, too, since I love me some Brie Larson. I haven’t seen much of her stuff, but I was a fan of her work in 21 Jump Street and The United States of Tara.

Have any of you seen this movie yet? If so, what were your thoughts on it?