Brie Larson was phenomenal in the 2013 independent film, Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Her nomination by the Broadcast Film Critics Association should come as no surprise after seeing the film. It’s unfortunate that she didn’t get an Oscar nomination as well because she truly was deserving of a nomination for her performance.
“Within 10 pages, it was just a role that really spoke to me,” Larson said of the role and script. “I felt it had a lot of great architecture to it, and was just a big space for me to work and play with.”
Larson stars alongside John Gallagher, Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez, Alex Calloway, and Frantz Turner.
Grace (Larson) is the supervisor at a home of at-risk teens. She’s dedicated to her job and in a relationship with co-worker Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.). She’s still struggling with her own past but soon finds out that she’s pregnant.
Meanwhile, Jayden (Dever) soon comes into the home. Grace is able to open up with her but still struggles to open up with Mason.
It’s a very revealing drama that is criminally underrated.
Cretton, who wrote and directed, expanded on a Sundance-winning short of the same name as he gives us an inside look at the perspective of neglected youths. Cretton’s script won him the Nicholl Fellowship in 2010–one of five to do so. He modeled one character, Nate, after himself. With a running time of 1:36 in length, it’s not too long but not too short either as the film moves along at just the right pace.
The film, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013 (winning both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards), is criminally underrated as it just topped out at just over a million dollars at the box office–thus giving filmgoers the chance to see it through Netflix or Redbox, to name a film.
If you have a moment, add Short Term 12 to your Netflix queue and see it already.