‘It’s killed many a man in its day… but it’s only an antique now’. Then the gun/cigarette lighter goes off unexpectedly. ‘Now he’ll never get back into a romantic mood’.
A movie that treads a fine line between sly innuendo and unbridled horniness.
So, seven children are terrorised individually. Then they come together, and get terrorised as a group. Then they do the same again, except this time they successfully fight back. And if that seems like about half of a complete narrative that's because it literally is. It's not an adaptation of the first half of a book, it's an adaptation of half of a complete book. One which I've never read, but that I hope doesn't wade into such extremely fraught…
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.