‘Short Term 12’ Trailer Offers a Delightfully Humane Tease of What Looks to Be One of the Year’s Best Films

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Summertime at the movie theater is traditionally thought of as a collection of explosions, CGI effects and dumbed-down scripts, but smart studios (usually the indies) know it’s also a great time to counter-program with their unexpected gems.

One of the most critically acclaimed films to come out of this year’s SXSW film festival was writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton‘s second feature, Short Term 12. Brie Larson stars as a young woman who works at a home for at-risk teens while trying to balance the limits and love in her own life too. The film itself received immense praise, but much of the focus has been on Larson’s performance.

Enjoy this delightful first trailer for Short Term 12. Then go see the movie later this summer.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. The second feature from Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster), Short Term 12 also stars Kaitlyn Dever (Bad Teacher), Rami Malek (The Master), and Keith Stanfield.”

Short Term 12 opens August 23rd, 2013, so start planning now on how you’ll hide your leaky eyes during the actual movie.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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