If you’re looking for a film that’s going to make feel alive, I recommend taking a chance on Short Term 12. It’s a new independent film about the lives of foster care children and the people selfless enough to help those kids. It’s a world I didn’t know a thing about before watching, but made me respect how difficult a situation it can be for the children and their caretakers. It’s also a prime example of how we can sometimes be so valuable helping others with the very same issues we struggle with personally (not to give too much away).
The characters are well-developed to the point that you’ll feel a connection to them. Whether it’s Brie Larson’s (United States of Tara) character Grace who I’m totally crushing on now by the way, or some of the child actors playing the foster kids, I found myself empathizing with their struggles and rooting for them to overcome the hand life’s dealt them. Although the story is serious in nature, it’ll still bring you a smile or laugh when you need it most.
This movie is dear to us at Holiday Matinee because our friends played a huge part in it. It’s a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Destin Cretton (I Am Not A Hipster) and has some fantastic original music by Joel P West and his band The Tree Ring. Even so, in addition to us, it has won over audiences and critics as evidenced by a SXSW Grand Jury Award earlier this year.
Short Term 12 debuts tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles, with plenty of additional screenings across the country. So check out the trailer and the handy links below if you want to know more.