My wife and I watched Blue Jasmine Friday night. It struck me as contrived and artificial. I never once forgot that I was watching actors acting and reciting lines from Woody Allen’s script.

Saturday we watched Short Term 12 on Netflix streaming, and when it ended, my wife said, “We just watched two movies about damaged people and that one was so much better.”

I couldn’t have summed it better. Here’s the trailer

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