Short Term 12 is an excellent film that I think many older teens and adults will really appreciate. It's one of those totally realistic, natural films with depth where everything feels so real and the acting is superb. I found it very engaging and highly emotional. It's a story about a group home (or foster care facility) supervisor Grace (Brie Larson) who, along with her long-time boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), look after a group of teens who have come from troubled lives and are outcasts all trying to fit in and find their meaning. Grace connects with a newcomer called Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever) who seems deeply scarred from the hands of her father but both share similar struggles of family abuse. Grace tries to open her up which leads to her own troubles resurfacing that she's been able to hide for so long. Grace and Mason are an incredibly determined couple who have a lot of heart for the kids they are caring for but in order for their own relationship to stay afloat, they must both try to understand, accept and heal the scars from their past. Very heartfelt story with many different issues that a lot of people can relate to. Fantastic acting by the entire cast, I mainly viewed for the rising star who is becoming very known for her wonderful performances, Brie Larson. The language is very strong with many f-words (around 50!) including in music lyrics and sh*t, b*tch, @ss, [email protected]
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, hell, some name calling and a few sexually related words/references. Violence includes lots of fighting, pushing and some yelling and arguing, one gory scene of self-abuse where a character hurts himself with broken glass, a character picks at her cuticles of her thumb during nervous tension and we see blood, a woman slaps a man while kissing but we learn she didn't mean to, a woman almost beats a man with a bat, two characters smash and destroy a mans car, a character's fish dies, results of abuse are seen like bodily bruises, cuts and marks, references to abortion, stories of abuse are shared. Sexual content includes a couple of kisses, a making out scene with groping on a couch passionately but goes no further when she slaps him, some romantic dancing, a man openly claims he and his girlfriend have not had sex in 9 days and 13 hours, a woman gets pregnant for a second time, references to abortion, references to sexual abuse, a scene of a woman taking a bath (nothing graphic). There are some drugs when a woman finds a bag of pot in a teens room, song lyrics from a character describe his mother making him sell drugs as a child, some prescription drug talk and use. There are lots of good messages here and the two main characters are fantastic role models! Story is too strong for kids, mature 15/16 and up is fine.