"In an interview attached to the film’s press kit, Carpignano describes his process: ‘I also spent a lot of time breaking down barriers between the cast and myself. It was not a “professional” relationship. There was a deep familiarity between us which I think is why they were willing to go places when I asked them to.’ I don’t want to twist his words; the most positive way I can interpret what he means here, is that he felt he…
Jessica: You okay, man? How do you feel?
Nate: Not good. I mean, that... that was crazy. They just fight like that?
Jessica: Nate, I'm not asking you how you're feeling.
Nate: Right. Sorry.
There seem to be three common criticisms of Short Term 12, and I want to respond to each of them in turn:
1. It is inauthentic/contrived.
2. Brie Larson's character shouldn't need a backstory to explain her.
3. It wraps itself up too neatly.