Short Term 12 | 2013

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton

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Main Plot

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.


  • Brie Larson portrays Grace, a supervisor at a foster care facility, who forms a bond with a troubled teenager.
  • Frantz Turner plays the role of Marcus, a troubled teenager at a foster care facility, in Short Term 12.
  • John Gallagher Jr.'s character, Mason, is a compassionate and supportive counselor who helps troubled teens at a foster care facility.


In the ending of Short Term 12, Grace opens up to her boyfriend Mason about her past trauma. They both decide to start a new chapter in their lives together. Meanwhile, Jayden's father arrives to take her home, but she refuses to go with him. Instead, she gives Mason a drawing as a parting gift. The film concludes with Grace and Mason dancing together, symbolizing their newfound hope and resilience in the face of their own personal struggles.

Destin Daniel Cretton