REVIEW: ‘Short Term 12’ wise beyond its years
You will not see “Short Term 12” among the marquee menu choices in most theaters, but you owe it to yourself to see this film, either at one of the four Chicago-area venues where it is playing or when it becomes available for home viewing.
It’s one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I’ve ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them.
If that sounds like a homework assignment or an indie-fied “Afterschool Special,” it’s not. Although some of the kids in this film are going through some serious … stuff (as are some of the young adults counseling them) and there are some deeply intense passages, “Short Term 12” is also slyly funny, graceful, tender and peppered with moments of small joy.