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Half Nelson (2006)

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, more...
Director: Ryan Fleck, Ryan Fleck
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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An inner-city teacher struggling with addiction forms an unlikely bond with a young student who catches him in a compromising position in director Ryan Fleck's feature-length adaptation of his own award-winning short film Gowanus, Brooklyn. Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) leads a secret life that the majority of his students will never know. When Dunne's drug-soaked nightlife begins to bleed over into his daytime hours and troubled student Drey (Shareeka Epps) makes a startling discovery, the tenuous bond that forms between the pair soon leads to a warm friendship that could either lead them down a dangerous path or provide the human companionship needed to see things from a fresh perspective and start life anew. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

3 dimensional view of education by HNewman July 12, 2007 - 11:11 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Wow! . . .Gosling is such a subtle actor. . . and the youngsters in the film especially were great too! Very 3 dimensional view of a teacher caught between the outmoded bureaucracy of the US educational system and his own demons. Ending was a bit predictable, but really what I was hoping for.

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Craig's Best of 2006
From my Best Films (released in) 2006 list, those that are available on DVD. Honorable mention picks are listed here, too.

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