After a summer of good movies about boys, the autumn offers a fine film about girls and women. "Short Term 12" is a serious movie, blessedly unsentimental and not fodder for an "Afternoon Special" on television.
The main characters in "The Spectacular Now" say "Cheers!" a lot as they bump bottles, but they are not very cheerful. Sutter Keely is a teenage boy alcoholic, who lives in the now. Aimee is a teenage girl, who has been getting by on hard work, sci fi, and dreams of a college education.