As one of our most beloved films to premiere this summer, Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 is certainly not to be missed. With tremendous insight into the human condition and a genuine sense of nuanced drama, Cretton’s powerful new film crafts a universal story about the power of love and acceptance. And with its wealth of dynamic characters, Short Term 12 also provides a showcase for the remarkable young talent that populate its cast.
Written and directed by Cretton, Short Term 12 tells the story of Grace (played brilliant by Larson), a supervising staff member at a foster care facility for troubled minors , who finds herself forced to deal with her own past and psychological issues when a new member of the facility arrives. But with Cretton’s profound sense of emotional insight and authentic drama, the film becomes a complex look at the way we interact and connect with those around us and the challenges we face when learning to accept ourselves. Beautifully done and compelling to the last moment, Short Term 12 is rife with well-rounded and fully-realized characters whose struggles are not just there to pull at your tear ducts but to illuminate a human condition and engage you, bringing you straight to the heart of Cretton’s story. As Grace, Larson leads the drama with absolute strength of character, in a performance that shows just how young women of Hollywood should be doing it.